QUEERETERIA TV - Above The Stag Theatre
Wednesday 20 March 2019
LGBTQ+ - Off-West End - Shows
Erasure's ANDY BELL will star in Above The Stag's upcoming production of QUEERETERIA TV - the latest and third instalment in Andy Bell's project as his dystopian alter-ego, Torsten.
Image courtesy Above The Stag Theatre
As one of the most popular synth pop bands the UK has ever produced, Erasure penned over 200 songs and have sold over 25 million albums worldwide, 5 of them hitting the UK number one spot, and have enjoyed 17 Top 10 UK singles.
Loved by everyone from teenyboppers to ravers they hold a special place in the UK's heart, and of course the band is also immensely popular within the LGBT community, for whom frontman Andy Bell has become a gay icon.
Continuing the project he began with 'Torsten The Beautiful Saint' and 'Torsten The Beautiful Libertine', Andy Bell now revises his dystopian alter ego Torsten in… QUEERETERIA TV, a brand new stage show which will be at the Above The Stag Theatre from 10 to 28 April 2019.
Andy will be joined by Peter Straker (Hair, Ken Hill's Original Phantom of the Opera, Doctor Who), established actor Matthew Baldwin and writer-performer Barney Ashton-Bullock.
The UK's only LGBT+ theatre brings audiences a queer vision of the not too distant future - diva driven pastiche, deft wordplay and berserk comedy mayhem - this is dystopia, but not as you know it.
Andy Bell plays Torsten, a state sanctioned entertainer who - though initially sedated so as to not outshine the pathological narcissist 'all round entertainer', Lady Domina Bizarre - gradually remembers and celebrates his elongated, semi-immortal life through song.
He pays emotional tribute to past times, dead lovers and present friends and homage to the cruising Club Queereteria.
A celebration of love, loyalty, song and looking forward, the production also serves as a savage indictment of reductive tabloid TV 'trashmissions' and the efforts stupefying entertainment takes to subjugate and control the masses.
'Torsten In Queereteria' is out on April 12th, on CD and to download.
Post-Armageddon in an England of the near future, a merry band of surviving dysfunctional queers take over the television station and recreate, in excruciatingly diva driven pastiche, their all time favourite TV programme 'Club Queereteria' broadcast live from the ruins of an infamous cruising club.
With deft wordplay, the berserk comedy mayhem of 'Queereteria TV' unravels into an indictment of the ever trashier direction that stupefying entertainment can take in order to subjugate and control the masses.
Talentless ego-manic stars pass off various shades of sheer filth and deliberate trash as enervating entertainment!
Andy Bell (Erasure) as Torsten, is the state sanctioned entertainer who, though initially sedated so as to not outshine the pathological narcissist 'all round entertainer', Lady Domina Bizarre, gradually remembers and celebrates his elongated, semi-immortal life through song.
He pays emotional tribute to past times, dead lovers and present friends and homage to the cruising Club Queereteria where he worked as a cabaret turn and met most of them.
Defiant to the end, Torsten is a force to re-unite adversaries through love, loyalty and song and by looking to a future beyond the endless reductive tabloid TV 'trashmissions' that all citizens are required, by law, to watch at all times!
Andy Bell as Torsten
Full cast details to be announced
Author: Barney Ashton-Bullock & Christopher Frost
Director: Robert McWhir
From: Wednesday 10 April 2019
Closes: Sunday 28 April 2019
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