After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, Erasure’s Andy Bell, takes on ‘the most challenging role of his career’ in this all new production, playing age-defying, polysexual Torsten, who is cursed to love many and get close to no-one.
Torsten is living a bizarrely long life, and has gathered an impressive history of lovers – while never getting close to any of them. Through a series of smart, catchy and often beautiful songs, he counts his loves and losses, while two former flames unite in their treasured memories and bawdy lives.
Starring 80’s pop legend Andy Bell who had hits with Erasure including A Little Respect. Peter Straker, once a backing singer and close personal friend of Freddie Mercury and part of the original West End casts of Hair, The Phantom of the Opera and The Rocky Horror Show. Alongside Lana (Al) Pillay, singer of the dance floor hit Pistol in my Pocket and taking the lead role in British comedy Eat the Rich alongside an array of National Treasures from stage and screen.
According to Cherry Red Records, Andy Bell states : “Torsten seems to me like a dream that has come true! I was told the piece was especially written with me in mind & I really believe that! So many aspects of the various songs resonate with parts of my life so I know I was there / am here! There is a melancholic beauty held within the songs & I think I’ve had enough heartache & painful soul searching to do them justice…..I love my Torsten and even more now that he is becoming slightly unhinged…. Unravelling before our very eyes! I don’t believe that his spirit will ever be broken though; for all his lives & lovers & losses, the songs from the ‘Beautiful Libertine’ have a healing quality & a deep resonance that make you realise that he is putting everything into perspective & coping……..just!”
Written by Barney Ashton
Music by Christopher Frost
Directed by Rob McWhir
Designed by David Shields
Lighting designed by Chris Withers
Produced by Peter Bull for Above The Stag Theatre Starring Andy Bell, Peter Straker, Lana (Al) Pillay
2 – 27 March 2016
Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Bookings : www.abovethestag.com
Tickets : £19.50