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City's Musical History Takes To The Stage

There will be a chance to remember the Good Old Days before the Ghost Town, as the sound of ska is heading to the Belgrade stage.

If the names of Coventry’s The Specials and The Selector mean anything to you, then this play set 20 years ago should bring back memories. 

It starts in 1979 when the city was at the centre of the musical universe and when Ska ruled the airwaves.

Bob Eaton's new production of Three Minute Heroes' is said to be an affectionate portrayal of those heady days of the 2-Tone era. It takes to the stage from 12 September.

The dying years of the 1970s were in several respects an ugly period in Britain's history. Unemployment, racism and social unrest created a new generation of rebels.

In Coventry this led to the revolutionary musical explosion that was 2-Tone. A cast of five bond, fight, love and play their way through this story - written for and about the people of the city.

A live band, directed by Akintayo Akinbode, who last worked at the Belgrade Theatre on Big Nose, recreate the unique style of 2-Tone.

Songs include On My Radio, Madness, Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town. The musical and political climate of 1979-81 is evoked through a blend of live action, song and documentary footage.

Director Bob Eaton said:

"2-Tone was in many ways a reaction against the negativity of the period. 

“It was highly idealistic, it was politically outspoken, it was full of life-affirming energy and most important of all it was created and performed by young black people and young white people together.

“It took the pop charts by storm, and it came from Coventry.

“Three Minute Heroes is a tribute to the idealism and genius of the musicians and the young people who stood up to be counted in the city at this time. 

“As well as stirring a few memories for the thirty-somethings and over, I hope it also means something to a new generation who have their own battles to fight and music to make."

Tickets range from £8 - £15, and are available from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or can be booked on-line.


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