A Rock & Roll Suicide
Still Alive Tour 2020
Not yet seen the legendary Lee Mark Jones live one man show? There's still a chance to catch the star of the likes of the EPIC Spidarlings and Jurassic Predator as the tour continues at a venue near you.....read on for all the information and some awesome news!
Theatre of the Wild, Beautiful and the Damned Presents
‘A Rock 'n' Roll Suicide’ Was a surprise hit at Ed Fest Fringe 2019! 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!
Ziggy Stardust and spirit guide Lemmy, 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. Will Lemmy, his spirit guide, save him? A one-man show with a roll call of virtual celebrity guest stars, this suicide is by turns glamorous, punky, anarchic and tragic.
The original show with funding from the Arts Council England Lottery Grant has been re-written, re-developed with the legend Chris Thorpe and currently touring all over the U.K. Taking it back to the real grass roots, to real rock fans & people who may not have the chance to see live Theatre. With admissions kept to a minimum! Part 1. Of the U.K Tour began 28th February and runs through to March/April, and are thrilled to announce that work on a film version of the show begins with the very brilliant Mycho entertainment! https://mycho.weebly.com/ Onto Part 2 of the Tour in July with the new show returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 8th – 30th August 2020, playing at quarter past Midnight throughout the Festival at the most iconic Rock Venue in Edinburgh, Bannerman’s!! Later in the year European shows and a special U.S debut will be announced!!
Co-starring Lemmy, Slash, Axl Rose, Blondie, Joey Ramone and Joan Jett amongst others.
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 Chris Thorpe. 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!