A Rock N Roll Suicide
Thursday 12 March 2020
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
£5 in advance £7 on the door
Ziggy Stardust creates Anarchy at the Ed Fest Fringe!
Theatre of the Wild, Beautiful and the Damned Presents
‘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 with the legend Chris Thorpe and will Tour all over the U.K from March 2020. 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 returns to take us on a tragical Mystery Tour through the life of a nearly- was- Rock star, Gypsy Lee Pistolero, AKA Lee Mark-Jones! This one man- show plays out against a backdrop of videos and scenes from his early life, our jaded, ageing rocker sings along with his young pretty self and belts out songs from Punk to the Present, from an initially glamtastic, then tragic Rock N Roll career.
It’s a tale of anarchy, rage, sadness and laughter.
It’s a struggle between damnation and salvation.
Its story of a man who comes to terms with himself after the diagnosis of a condition that unknown to him, has defined his life.
Join us on this autobiographical roller coaster and see for yourselves what Ziggy Stardust is finally revealed to be. A one-man show with a roll call of virtual celebrity guest stars, this suicide is by turns glamorous, punky, anarchic and tragic.
Upon alter ego Ziggy Stardust’s revelation to be his undiagnosed ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) condition, deep soul searching, self-questioning, recriminations, rage and confusion but also hope, clarity and understanding unfolds? Triumph over tragedy? You decide! From the Council estates of Kidderminster to Beverley Hills and back? Also featuring a special guest appearance by Chris Thorpe, as the voice of Mr. Punch, the puppet of truth.
Theatre of the Wild, Beautiful and Damned is the creation of Lee Mark Jones AKA Gypsy Lee Pistolero and specialises in chaotic and surreal contemporary theatre and performance with Dramaturgy by Dan Coleman (Dawn State Theatre). Lee said: “I intend to attract a new kind of audience which does not usually go to the theatre; an audience craving strange journeys of darkness, horror, suspense, and wonder. All these thrills we will provoke into life, in the flesh, breathing and bleeding on stage, and right in your face.”
“I love Lee, he’s dangerous and doesn’t give a f**k and I love that.” – Chris Thorpe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 Reviews
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 reflects 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
“You’ve got the makings of an amazing piece of theatre there.” Ed Collier (China Plate)
FRINGE REVIEW -Excellent Show – His is an engaging presence that is wholly wonderful 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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“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 Organiser
“‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide is honest, funny, shocking, reckless, clever and mouthy – all the qualities I expect from a Rockstar. Lee’s acerbic 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
BACKGROUND Lee Mark Jones began singing in punk band Regular Wretches at the age of 14, leading to a wild and crazy journey touring the World with The Ramones, Motorhead, U2, Black Sabbath, L.A Guns, Motley Crue, Poison, ZZ Top, Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango, U.F.O and many others. He was lead singer of The Gypsy Pistoleros who released multiple albums and played sell-out international tours. He continues to release solo material while pursuing a new career in the theatre. Turning to acting in 2006 Lee’s credits include ‘Ticks’ in Salem Kapsaski’s Spidarlings (Après Vague/Troma); and five films by North bank Entertainment including The Revenge of Robert the Doll, Theatre of Fear, Werewolves of the Third Reich, Jurassic Predator by Andrew Jones’ released through 4Digital Media & Sony productions. Due out August 2019 is ‘The Manson Family Massacre.’ The Spaghetti Western T.V Series in pre-production with Director Rock Salt , ‘Miss Harper’ with Susan George & Lisi Tribble & Varney ‘An epic Vampire Trilogy’ and just finished filming the Mycho Slasher ‘Pandamonium’ Lee Mark-Jones recently obtained a master’s Touring Theatre Degree at University of Worcester and is a member of their award-winning Shenanigans Theatre Company.
“Looks like some wild and wicked work”- Andy Field, Forest Fringe co-director
“Bold artistic instincts and vision”- Pippa Frith, Fierce Festival Producer.
“Among the most blisteringly bold theatre I’ve seen at this year’s Fringe. You will never forget it.” Miles Jackson EDFringe
“It also has the gloriously anarchic edginess of the likes of ‘The Young Ones’ and ‘The Mighty Boosh’. Wonderfully twisted, from a very clever boy” The Write Angle – Max Lantone