ROCK AND ROLL SUICIDE - 2010

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CONCEPT:

 

Create a Rock Opera using only the lyrics of Bowie Songs as Dialogue.  Make it a full scale Musical with a Company of players to demonstrate locations and passage of time. Make the story a generic story of the rise and fall of 70's stardom and not anything particular to Bowie himself. 

 
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CAST:

Musicians/ Singers rather than experienced Musical actors.

People with character and life experience.  

No Musical Theatre voices.

No professional dancers.

Drug abuse experience a plus.

 

Auditions to be held in a nightclub.

 

"How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?"

 

 

"Actually I don't remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs."

 - Jim Morrison

L-R: Shaun Vining (Idol), Jeremy Harris, Pearly McGrath (Suzi), Jen Shelton, Katy Anderson, Max Gunn (Joe), Jason Fullerton, Trish McInerney, David Oakley, Liz Drysdale.

Seated: Paul Halsted, Tiffany Menzies, Helen Bird, Thomas Brinsley.

(Missing: Sam Hillman (DJ), Martin Grounds, Margaret O'Hanlon)

INSPIRATIONS:

Drugs,

Funk,

LA,

Excess,

Street,

Avant-garde,

Medusa,

Poison apple,

Eternal youth,

Greek Mythology,

Dead Rock Stars,

Fame Grotesque,

Mime,

Bollywood,

Fame,

Band on stage,

Silent Films,

Digital vs. Analog, 

Harold Lloyd.

Rock and Roll Suicide was the first production where we really pulled our team together.  Kay Turner (amazing Art Director), Anna Stuart (brilliant choreographer), and Marty Grounds - who was not only my co-producer, but my Set Designer, Technical Advisor and Performer; David Oakley on the video production... everybody in the cast played a part.  It was the birth of Whirlwind.

 
"Station To Station"
"Station To Station"

The dawning - the London Underground (L-R Trish McInerney, Liz Drysdale, Jenn Shelton, Tiffany Menzies, Thomas Brinsley and Max Gunn)

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"Life On Mars"
"Life On Mars"

"Joe" (Max Gunn) at the cinema.

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Edited Image 2014-10-3-23:54:29

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"Station To Station"
"Station To Station"

The dawning - the London Underground (L-R Trish McInerney, Liz Drysdale, Jenn Shelton, Tiffany Menzies, Thomas Brinsley and Max Gunn)

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The Press went crazy...   (Click on clipping to read more)

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bowiedownunder.com
Mountain Scene
Network54
Otago Daily Times
Radio New Zealand/National Radio
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Otago Daily Times