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Heroes, the story of two-misfits inspired by David Bowie, is coming to Penge

PUBLISHED: 17:36 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:36 18 September 2017

Actors from Heroes visited the Bowie Bandstand ahead of the show's running in Penge next month

Actors from Heroes visited the Bowie Bandstand ahead of the show's running in Penge next month

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The production recently ran for two weeks at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The story of two teenagers inspired by the free-spirit of Bromley’s very own David Bowie will be performed in Penge next month.

Fresh off a sold-out two week stint at the Edinburgh Fringe, Heroes is the story of two misfits finding their way in the 1970s.

Bebe Barry told us: “The play starts out with these two characters, Joe and Billie, they’re both 13-years-old and Joe’s parents are very straight, normal people.

“Billie’s father has a bit of a reputation as the town drunk around the town where they live in Tunbridge Wells, one night they’re both joking around watching Top of the Pops as they do every week when they see David Bowie perform Starman.

“From that one performance they’re inspired, and decide they have to go to London to meet Bowie at a concert at the Rainbow venue.

“My dad watched Top of the Pops back then, the story was originally an idea he had for a book, but the theatre group I’m part of were looking for something new, so I thought I’d ask him if he’d like to write a play.

“It’s the first play I’ve written and my dad’s only written music from when he used to be in a band.

“When we started out, our theatre group, Exploding Whale, was rehearsing as we wrote, it’s had some changes since then but it’s been received really well.”

Heroes debuted in London in August before venturing north to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the creators of the Starman-inspired production are hoping their travels will continue.

The 21-year-old actress, who plays Billie, and co-wrote the production with her father, Tony Barry, said: “We’re looking around and encouraging other theatres to come, we’d like to play Brighton Fringe if we can.

“But right now it’s just great to be somewhere with a connection to Bowie, last week we visited the Beckenham bandstand where he played back in 1969, we didn’t realise it was an area where people still had such a great passion for his music and impact on the world.

Heroes runs at the Bridge House Theatre in Penge from October 23 to November 5.

Tickets are available via www.bhtheatre.com or 020 8133 0311 and cost between £10 and £14.

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