“Inventive,” “entertaining,” “excellent” – Audiences have leaped onto social media to share their excitement about Bowie-inspired coming-of-age story Heroes. Take a look at what they had to say, then book your tickets for the show’s final week!
Following sell-out runs at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Heroes, co-written by Bebe Barry and her father, Tony, runs at the Drayton Arms Theatre until 11 May 2019.
It is 1972, and the humdrum lives of Joe and Billie are changed forever when they witness David Bowie performing Starman for the first time on Top of the Pops. Determined to attend Bowie’s upcoming London gig, the friends leave home on what becomes a journey of self-discovery where the lines between hero worship and friendship become blurred.
David Bowie was one of British music’s most iconic stars, his ability to reinvent himself helping him to forge a career that spanned six decades. During the glam rock era of the early 70s, when Heroes is set, he released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which saw him create the eponymous alter ego. In the UK, he had eleven number one albums and recorded songs including Starman, Ashes to Ashes, Under Pressure, Let’s Dance and more.
In addition to its fringe success, Heroes has also enjoyed hit runs at Katzpace, where Barry is Artistic Director, Bridge House Theatre and Sydenham Arts Festival. London Pub Theatres described it as “A joyous story about growing up, friendship and loneliness,” while Edinburgh Living said it was “a triumph”.
As well as co-writing Heroes, Bebe Barry also plays Billie opposite Henry Lewis as Joe. Gregory Birks, Julian Bailey Jones, Talia Pick, Lily Smith and Dan Ciotowski complete the cast. Ben Woodhall directs.
Heroes runs at Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0LJ from 29 April to 11 May with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £16. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
What’s being said on Twitter:
— The Reviews Hub (@TheReviewsHub) May 1, 2019
A good mix of teenage banter, pop idol worship & serious issues @whale_exploding #Heroes @draytonarmsSW5 Entertaining & good cast @Bebe_Barry @HenryLe29459431 @LilyEmmelineS @jbaileyjones96 @DanCiotkowski Shout out to @GregBirks pic.twitter.com/BYTcU4e6sG
— Karen (@MrsOsmond_) May 4, 2019
BIG CONGRATS TO @whale_exploding for their updated production of Heroes. GO SEE IT FOR A BOOGIE and a bit of a cry and an overall lovely time ✨⚡
— eileen (@_eileenduffy) April 30, 2019
The legendary @DavidBowieReal May have been waiting for a starman in the sky, well all the stars were aligned on stage last night for a fabulous performance of Heroes, it was certainly a play that brought a lot of your emotions to bare! “A must see” https://t.co/gB7aypSHrH
— Anthony Kelly (@Anthony_M_Kelly) May 1, 2019
#HeroesPlay brings memories flooding back especially mention of the ticket prices! Very inventive coming of age story with Ziggy soundtrack from the excellent @whale_exploding. Certainly worth visiting @draytonarmsSW5 to see. pic.twitter.com/wZMNjOuxAA
— Stephen John Hind (@SJHamlet) April 30, 2019