‘Live Suggs’ Press Release: New Victoria Theatre, 29 May 2011

Madness Central was sent the following press release from Ambassador Theatres Group:


The Madness front man, Suggs is coming to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for one night only on Sun 29 May.

Who is Suggs? It’s a good question. And one he’s keen on knowing the answer to himself: he recently turned fifty; his daughters have grown up and left home, and his cat has just died. These recent life-shattering events have made Suggs look back at his life and re-evaluate his childhood.

Live Suggs is his first solo show, a stand up memoir, that hands the audience an access-all-areas pass to the backstage windmills of the Madness front man’s mind, as he attempts to unravel the unsolved mysteries of his life, while going in search of the father he never knew.

On his way he takes the audience on the emotional rollercoaster of his incredible thirty-year career, with occasional musical accompaniment and pointless interjections from his loyal pianist-cum-manservant.

Graham ‘Suggs’ Mcpherson was catapulted to fame at the age of eighteen, from a tough childhood on the streets of London. By the age of twenty three it looked like the dream was over as the band began to disintegrate, culminating in a visit to a cash machine which didn’t want to know him any more, and referred him back to his branch. After the split, Suggs, newly wed and with two small children, set about rebuilding his career through music production, solo albums, television, theatre, film and radio.

In Live Suggs he seeks out the truth about his family history (‘it put the funk into dysfunctional’) as he takes the audience through tribal teenage gangland London of the 1970s, and the bohemian, dissolute, Soho

streets he was brought up on.

Life on the streets was tough in those days and it wasn’t about the three day week, candle-lit dinners during the power cuts, football hooliganism, draconian pub hours, or even the Wombles. What was most horrific, at the time, for a style-conscious young chap like Suggs was…fashion. Platform boots, tank tops, cheesecloth, big hair and even bigger flares; real baggy trousers, with nine inch waistbands and, for some peculiar reason, pockets on their knees.

Flap along with teenage Suggs as he chases an enemy, as yet unseen, out of the Chelsea Shed only to be chased straight back in again. Join him as he discovers the joy of the straight-legged trouser, Punk, Ska, Two Tone, and then, as he takes One Step Beyond into a career with the biggest selling band of the 1980s.

After the cash machine incident, Suggs got back on his feet when he broke into the Manchester and Liverpool rave scene – and then nearly tripped over them again in the ecstasy of it all. In 1992 the band’s reunion Madstock concert in Finsbury Park catapulted Suggs back into the limelight (the British Geological Survey registered a earthquake in North London during the concert due to so many people jumping up and down to the music). Since then, Suggs and Madness have eased themselves back into the business, making rave review albums and performing again to hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide.

For this show, Suggs will be appearing in front of a rather more intimate audience, but the show will capture in witty memoir the same humour, spirit and genial madness that make him and his band so enticing, live.

Performance Times & Live Information
Sunday 29 May 7.30pm
Tickets from £24.50
You can book tickets by calling the Box Office 0844 871 7645 (bkg fee),
Groups Booking Line 0844 871 7601 or online at www.ambassadortickets.com/woking


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