Ziggy Stardust creates Anarchy at the Ed Fest Fringe!
Theatre of the Wild, Beautiful and the Damned
‘A Rock 'n' Roll Suicide’ Was a surprise hit at this year’s Ed Fest Fringe! Totally splitting the critics, it swept the board with 1,2,3,4 to 5 Star reviews. It was like “Marmite with Crack on it?” according to one reviewer!
This show is being re-written, re-developed and polished with Dramaturgy by Chris Thorpe (Award winning Theatre maker and Mancunian legend) and will Tour all over the U.K in March. Venues will include Rock Festivals, Clubs & Pubs and Social/Labour Clubs & Community Centres and edgier Theatre Venues. Taking it back to the real grass roots, to real people who may not have the chance to see live Theatre.
Ziggy Stardust makes a comeback at the Ed Fest Fringe!
LATEST REVIEW UP!!!!! 5 STARS from The Edinburgh Reporter!!!!
By Richard Purden - August 18, 2019
If you like rock n’ roll with glamour and grit beneath the fingernails, then this is for you.
With a cast of characters including Johnny Thunders, W. Axl Rose and David Bowie. Lee Mark-Jones captures the energy of the council estate kids who fell under Ziggy Stardust’s spell in 1972 and became punk, glam, gypsy rockers in the 80s.
As a member of The Ice Babies, Lee was part of the London scene that drew rock kids from all over Britain into a vibrant, wild environment that produced many fascinating characters and bands, forgotten in the wake of grunge and Brit-pop.
They’ve become hidden, Withnailian figures frozen out by the establishment. As Bon Scott warned the journey to the top was about “gettin’ had” and there is no shortage of villains in Lee’s story who make it near impossible for many talented young outsiders to ascend. Mark-Jones stories and delivery are worth their weight in cultural gold, some are tragic, others laugh-out-loud hilarious.
At the centre of it all is a raw, punk heart that refuses to play the game or settle. Rock n’ roll is strewn with stories of mental illness. Lee discusses his recently diagnosed ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) condition which has helped him make some sense of all the wonder and chaos.
Let him tell you his story, and after in the bar buy him a pint, he’ll tell you another one that tops them all. That’s Lee.
‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’ at Zoo Southside until 26 August 2019 @ 9.00 pm
We have given Lee Jones 5 Stars for A Rock n Roll Suicide @TheatreDamned
11:54 AM - Aug 18, 2019 · Edinburgh, Scotland
Its official! ‘A Rock n Roll Suicide’ is "Like Marmite with crack on it! " Theatre of The Wild, Beautiful & Damned are The Sex Pistols of the Ed Fest fringe The mainstream theatre press hate it . But it continues to stir up a right storm attracting good crowds and reaction!
The Edinburgh Reporter ***** 5 Stars - Mark-Jones stories and delivery are worth their weight in cultural gold, some are tragic, others laugh-out-loud hilarious. At the centre of it all is a raw, punk heart that refuses to play the game or settle.
Viva Le Rock ***** 5 Stars - It’s only Rock n Roll (theatre) but we love it !
Pocket size theatre **** 4 Stars - for a raw meaningful exploration of fame, aspiration and music industry this is a show worth supporting… it is never too late to succeed.
The Stage *** 3 Stars - Imaginatively staged and anarchic
The Wee Review *** 3 Stars - a diary of dreams, tragedy and comedic reflection.
The List "" 2 Stars - Punk also-ran re- flects on success.. a charmingly eccentric presence
The Scotsman * 1 Star -cause to be concerned for his welfare, so chaotic is his delivery of this autobiographical show
FRINGE REVIEW -Excellent Show - His is an engaging presence that is whollywonderful to behold. The anarchy should be spread across the UK…this was for me a great time in the company of a fantastic storyteller.
The Write Angle - This show is everything that a punk rock theatre experience ought to be. It’s raw, unruly, brimming with attitude and littered with missed cues, forgotten anecdotes and deliciously witty ad-libs. The best bit is, Lee, himself, doesn’t give a flying f*ck (so he tells us, anyway), and nor should he. This is his story, to tell in his way. That is exactly what he does. Brace yourself for a beautifully bumpy ride!
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"I love Lee, he's dangerous and doesn't give a f**k and I love that." - Chris Thorpe
"You've got the makings of an amazing piece of theatre there." Ed Collier (China Plate)
“One of those performances where you are a different person afterwards than you were before.Nobody has seen anything like it” Garry Cook -Lancashire Fringe Festival
"'A Rock 'n' Roll Suicide is honest, funny, shocking, reckless, clever and mouthy – all the qualities I expect from a Rockstar. Lee's ascerbic and witty storytelling style completely compliments the anecdotes he shares during the show, and the songs and visuals layer up to bring detail and add to the nostalgia. There's nothing quite like this show – go and see it!' Liza Vallance - Clout Fringe Festival Organiser
29 April – University of Worcester, Dance Studio 12pm
5 May – The MAC. Midland Arts Centre, Foyle studio 12 pm
May 20 The Lancashire Fringe Festival The Ferret Preston 8pm
7 July CLOUT Festival, Studio 3 Arts, Barking, East London
30 July The Camden Fringe Festival Camden People’s theatre 9pm
2-26 Aug The Edinburgh Festival Fringe The Zoo (Southside) The Studio 9pm