Review by Emma Whitelaw
THE world premiere of Richard Lumsden’s new play, with
songs, We Could Be Heroes, now showing at The
Bridewell Theatre, is set to wow London audiences.
It is the hilariously light-hearted tale of the life of a struggling
musician as he tries to follow in the footsteps of his heroes
– Bowie included.
Lumsden tells of his hopes and dreams to become a respected artist
much like his idol.
The story takes us on a journey from his geeky high school days,
as Deputy Head Boy, his life-long love of a girl with Swiss eyes,
through to fatherhood at forty finishing with his greatest musical
achievement, his one moment of glory – a gig at the Phoenix
It is an uplifting, feelgood comedy that propels its audience
on the rollercoaster ride that is his life.
It is highly entertaining and the various anecdotes are almost
always accompanied by equally brilliant songs, the lyrics of which
My favourite would have to be his
Protest Jazz, a glitzy little number that is guaranteed
to bring the house down!
Featuring an onstage band, the quality of each song’s performance
was also impeccable.
Lumsden is not only a talented guitar player; he also has a fantastic
voice and does a remarkable impression of Bowie.
In fact, the likeness is so extraordinary, one could hardly fault
Something must also be said about the opening festival performance
by Audrey Nugent. She, too, has a superb voice and the lyrical
quality of her songs was indeed a pleasure to behold.
The structure of the show is nothing short of brilliant. From
the moment you enter the theatre, you’re made to feel as
though you are at a festival.
Complete with your usual signs stating 'no stage-diving', festival
ushers, a bar next to the stage, amps galore and a fantastic set,
this was more than mere theatre – it was a musical extravaganza!
It is, indeed, a tale of epic proportions and certainly one
not to be missed!
We Could Be Heroes written and performed by Richard
Lumsden. Directed by Graham Hill. Featuring Audrey Nugent, Simon
Walters on piano & keyboards, Mark Lloyd on Drums and Mat
Elliot on Bass. Presented by Big Nose Productions. November 2
to 20 at the Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane (off Fleet St), Blackfriars,
London EC4Y 8EQ. Box office 020 7936 3456.