Telstar - the story of Joe Meek at Bridewell Theatre
The Tower Theatre Company present Telstar by Nick Moran with James Hicks, at the Bridewell Theatre, a fringe venue in the City of London, from 28 Jan to 1 Feb 2014.
Directed and designed by Phillip Ley, lighting by Stephen Ley, costume by David Taylor, sound by Colin Guthrie, Laurence Tuerk and Peter Ley.
Telstar tells the story of Joe Meek, the world’s first independent record producer and is set in Meek's studio, which he had built with limited resources. The studio was based in a rundown flat over a handbag shop located on the Holloway Road in north London. It was here that Meek recorded three big hits of the period and the first of these was 'Telstar', which became a million seller in 1961. Other hits included 'Johnny Remember Me' and 'Have I The Right'.
The play takes us on a journey through Meek’s most prolific period from his first chart success to his struggles with his homosexuality, debt and depression. The recording sessions and the wild times had by his band, an unrequited love for his protégé and a fateful alliance with his landlady all shape the destiny of Meek's short life.