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Interview with Adam Lenson, director of ‘The Quentin Dentin Show’ at the Tristan Bates Theatre

Following a highly successful run at Above The Arts, the cult hit rock musical, ‘The Quentin Dentin Show‘ is back to London at the Tristan Bates Theatre. As you may know, I love new musicals, because it’s the best way to see so many talented people. This is the case of Adam Lenson, the director of this interesting project. I had the amazing opportunity to talk with him and here you have a Q&A, I hope you enjoy it as much as me:

 

Cesar: Can you explain to me what The Quentin Dentin Show is about?

Adam: It’s about a couple called Keith and Nat who are in the midst of a relationship breakdown when a space robot called Quentin Dentin comes out of the radio and says he can fix their problems. But his intentions are hardly pure as it becomes apparent that they are just experimental subjects in his bombastic show.

In so doing he examines what it means to be human and what it means to be happy in a world that is rapidly going out of control.

 

C: There are not too many science fiction musicals, why is The Quentin Dentin Show a musical?

Adam:  The show purposely isn’t naturalistic. It is about the everyday things that affect us, but it shows what happens when they are pushed to extremes. Quentin isn’t a human being but is trying to learn why exactly we live the way we do. By doing this he shines a light on themes of capitalism, medication, organised religion and the flaws of modern domesticity.

My experience of science fiction has been that it uses a heightened, speculative frame to pose philosophical questions about situations we are dealing with in the here and now. Watching Star Trek as a kid I was always amazed at how it used the simplified frame of an alien planet to ask questions about situations that are obviously human.

I have long been asking why there is so little genre work onstage. Sci-fi, horror, mystery are all too rare in theatres but are hugely popular onscreen and in books. I hope Quentin will bring more sci-fi onto the stage.

Courtesy of Mihaela Bodlovic

 

C: What is the style of music?

Adam:  It could loosely be described as a rock musical but contains music from throughout that style. From punk to doo-wop, to new romantic, to electro-rock. Like Quentin, the music is eclectic, loud, charming and witty.

 

C: How do you think the audience will react to the show?

Adam: I think it’s a show that contains something for everyone. Its thoughtful, funny, provocative and above all, different. I hope audiences will leave feeling like they have had their minds expanded and like they have learnt something new about what it means to be human.

 

C: Quentin Dentin is willing to make everybody happy, what would make you happy?

Adam: I would be happy if there were more new British musicals. I keep hoping that musical theatre can become a more expansive medium that can tell new and unique stories without upsetting the status quo. Musical theatre seems very constrained at the moment to be the same thing over and over again. People hear the word musical and make assumptions about what it will be. But music can tell an infinite amount of stories and I keep wanting to push the form to make sure that music and text can be used to tell as wide a range of stories as possible.

Courtesy of Mihaela Bodlovic

 

I can’t agree more with you, Adam, thank you very much for sharing your time with me. I wish you all the best with ‘The Quentin Dentin Show‘.

Come on, don’t forget to book your tickets now at the Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office and http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk or 020 3841 6611 or boxoffice@tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

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‘The Quentin Dentin Show’ is back to London, at the Tristan Bates Theatre

Hello everyone, you know that I love to share with you new musicals and amazing creations. This one looks really really well. It’s called ‘The Quentin Dentin Show‘.

Following a highly successful run at Above The Arts, the cult hit rock musical, ‘The Quentin Dentin Show‘ is back. This is ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show‘ for the new Millennium.

Join the charismatic Quentin Dentin on his mission to make humanity happy. In order to demonstrate his musical therapies on his domestically unsatisfied test subjects Nat and Keith, Quentin Dentin finds his way into their world through the household radio – now a teleport for his sensational signing. Are you ready for him? If not, prepare for an appointment with the Brain Machine…

The Quentin Dentin Show‘ has developed a cult following on its journey from London to the Edinburgh Fringe and back, on a trajectory from humble beginnings to a fully blown Off West- End rock musical.

With a brilliant original soundtrack, live rock band and dazzling choreography, ‘The Quentin Dentin Show‘ is guaranteed to make you happy or kill you trying.

 

WHERE?

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

Is located in the Actors Centre. The nearest underground stations are Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Tottenham Court Road (on the Northern and Central lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

WHEN?

Monday 19th June – Saturday 29th July
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm
Sunday, 3pm

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Tickets are available priced £18 (£16 concessions)
Previews £14

You can book your tickets now at the Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office and http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk or 020 3841 6611 or boxoffice@tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

 

Also, don’t forget to check the Twitter of this amazing company:

@quentindentin, @TristanBates

Interview to Katie Kerr and David Bardsley from ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London

The European Premiere of the off-Broadway musical hit ‘Pete ‘n’ Keelyopened last week at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London.

Katie Kerr (‘Little Shop of Horrors‘, Menier Chocolate Factory; ‘Fat Pig‘, Comedy Theatre; ‘Sweeney Todd‘, English National Opera) and David Bardsley (‘Titanic‘, Charing Cross Theatre; ‘Guys and Dolls‘, National Theatre; ‘The Fix‘, Donmar Warehouse) will be performing every night until Saturday 20th May 2017. So, I truly recommend you to book your tickets now!!!

As you may know, I really enjoy talking to the actors of a new musical about how the rehearsals are going, how they are preparing for their new roles on the show and what do they like the most about musical theatre. So, here you have a new Q & A with the amazingly talented Katie Kerr and David Bardsley.

Cesar: How are the rehearsals of ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ going so far?

Katie Kerr: Fabulous, we are laughing a lot which bodes well.

David Bardsley: It’s the end of the first week. My brain looks like a potato which was put in a hot oven and forgotten about. Being a two-hander, there is a lot to learn. Fortunately, everyone involved is gorgeous, talented and funny. So it’s been fun. So far!

 

C: What can we expect from this musical, can you explain me a bit what is it about?

Katie: It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years……

David: There’s more than one way to answer this question, but if you ask me, it’s about marriage. Or, if you like, relationships. The ups, the downs: the way in which time breeds both resentment yet mutual dependence. And, set in the world of showbiz, it’s also about ambition, success, disappointment, being famous, being no-one, etc. And it’s about not giving up; on life or each other. With songs.

 

C: In this show, there is a lot of tension and repressed feelings between the two main characters. How can you deal with that and not take it to the personal atmosphere?

Katie: Myself and David are aware that we are acting and we don’t let ourselves get to involved with that. We play the truth but never let it get on top of us!

David: It’s called acting, darling! I have plenty of drama at home. Theatre is only pretend. Even ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’!

 

C: What do you like the most about the 50’s and 60’s?

Katie: The hair!

David: 50s – American culture. 60s – The Beatles.

 

C: Which song is your favourite from ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ and which one is the hardest to perform?

Katie: The Crosscountry Tour! It’s a beast.

David: We’re still learning the score, so it’s a little early to answer that question. But the score certainly is tricky!

 

C: Both of you have been performing in several musicals, which show are you willing to perform, which one would be like a dream come true for you?

Katie: I’d love to play Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl‘…Or Effie White in ‘Dreamgirls‘ but unfortunately that really is a dream.

David: I love Sondheim. I’d like to play ‘Sweeney Todd’ and Ben in ‘Follies‘ before I die. But if I don’t – I’ll live.

 

C: What song from a musical on your playlist do you never skip? Also, which duet would you love to perform together?

Katie: ‘One Second And A Million Miles‘ from “The Bridges of Madison County” – it means a lot to me. I would love to perform anything ‘Sweeny Todd‘ with David! Would love to be his Mrs Lovett.

David: ‘In Buddy’s Eyes‘ from ‘Follies‘. ‘Too Many Mornings‘ from ‘Follies’

 

Thank you very much for your time Katie and David, I would like to wish you all the best!!!

Cesar

 

Don’t miss ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London

Hello everyone, I have some interesting news for you!

The European Premiere of the off-Broadway musical hit ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely‘ comes to Tristan Bates Theatre  this spring! Katie Kerr (‘Little Shop of Horrors‘, Menier Chocolate Factory; ‘Fat Pig‘, Comedy Theatre; ‘Sweeney Todd‘, English National Opera) and David Bardsley (‘Titanic‘, Charing Cross Theatre; ‘Guys and Dolls‘, National Theatre; ‘The Fix‘, Donmar Warehouse) lead this award-winning musical, featuring unforgettable renditions of the era’s popular favourites.

It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years. Through a non-stop parade of song hits from the 50s and 60s – highlighted by elaborately staged flashbacks – Pete and Keely relive the roller coaster ride that got them where they are today… divorced! Pete and Keely have some unfinished business and the tension bubbling beneath the show’s glitzy surface threatens to boil over at any moment in a confrontation that will definitely not be ready for prime time.

As the inevitable blow-up gets closer, the songs become increasingly double- edged. History repeats itself, live and in full colour, as Pete and Keely head towards a conclusion that’s at once uproariously funny and surprisingly touching.

WHERE?

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

Is located in the Actors Centre. The nearest underground stations are Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Tottenham Court Road (on the Northern and Central lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

WHEN?

Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 20th May 2017
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm

 

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Tickets are available priced £20 (£18 concessions)

You can book your tickets at the Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office and http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk or 020 3841 6611 or boxoffice@tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

Do it now!

 

Also, don’t forget to check the Twitter of this company:

@PetenKeely, @Wallflower_UK, @DameKatieKerr