Bell stars in the production at Above The Stag Theatre.
As one of the most popular synth-pop bands in the UK has ever produced, Erasure penned over 200 songs and have sold over 25 million albums worldwide, 5 of them hitting the UK number one spot and have enjoyed 17 Top 10 UK singles. Loved by everyone from teenyboppers to ravers they hold a special place in the UK’s heart, and of course, the band is also immensely popular with within the LGBT community, for whom frontman Andy Bell has become a gay icon.
Continuing the project he began with ‘Torsten The Beautiful Saint’ and ‘Torsten The Beautiful Libertine’. Now Andy Bell revises his dystopian alter ego Torsten in… Queereteria TV a brand new stage show. Andy will be joined by Peter Straker, Matthew Baldwin and writer-performer Barney Ashton-Bullock.
Diva driven pastiche, deft wordplay and berserk comedy mayhem – this is dystopia, but not as you know it. The UK’s only LGBT+ theatre brings audiences a pink vision of the not too distant future, Andy Bell and opening in tandem with the release of his all new solo album ‘Torsten In Queereteria’.
Welcome to Post-Armageddon England, where a merry band of surviving dysfunctional queers have taken over a television station to recreate their all time favourite TV programme ‘Club Queereteria’, broadcast live from the ruins of a infamous cruising club. Behold as talentless ego-manic stars set about passing off various shades of sheer filth and deliberate trash as enervating entertainment…
Andy Bell plays Torsten, a state sanctioned entertainer who – though initially sedated so as to not outshine the pathological narcissist ‘all round entertainer’, Lady Domina Bizarre – gradually remembers and celebrates his elongated, semi-immortal life through song. He pays emotional tribute to past times, dead lovers and present friends and homage to the cruising Club Queereteria.
A celebration of love, loyalty, song and looking forward, the production also serves as a savage indictment of reductive tabloid TV ‘trashmissions’ and the efforts stupefying entertainment takes to subjugate and control the masses.
Above The Stage Theatre moved to their new home in June 2018 with a production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing. It is housed in two connecting railway arches on Albert Embankment featuring two theatre spaces – a 100 seat end-on theatre and a flexible 60+ seat studio – as well as a bar and coffee shop and a dedicated rehearsal space.
Known for its focus on gay-themed work, Above The Stag is the UK’s only dedicated LGBT+ theatre, and produces the vast majority of its shows in-house. It was founded in 2008 in a function room above the now-demolished Stag gay pub in Victoria, before moving to its first Vauxhall venue in 2013, growing a large and loyal audience. Above The Stag presents drama, comedies, musicals and cabaret, an award-winning annual pantomime, play readings and exhibitions.
‘Torsten In Queereteria’ is out on April 12th, on CD and to download. The production runs from the 10th April — 28th April at Above The Stag Theatre, 72 Albert Embankment London, SE1 7TP.