Erasure’s Andy Bell brings his alter-ego back to the stage.
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 (Hair, Ken Hill’s Original Phantom of the Opera, Doctor Who), established actor 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. Above The Stag, the UK’s only LGBT+ theatre, brings audiences a queer 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.
QUEERETERIA TV is written by Barney Ashton-Bullock & Christopher Frost, and directed by Robert McWhir.
‘Torsten In Queereteria’ is out on April 12th, on CD and to download.