The Rise & Fall of a Northern Star by Stella Grundy - Autumn Tour 2014

The Rise & Fall of a Northern Star by Stella Grundy - Autumn Tour 2014

Tracy Star wanted it all! Born into the depressing landscape of 1980's Manchester, Tracy sought to escape the mediocrity of her life and make something of herself in the burgeoning music scene - with Bowie as her guiding light.

 

Tracy formed the band Northern Star, who went onto release singles, Now and Then and Heavyweight before breaking free under industry pressure and recording as a solo artist known as simply, Pop Star. Tracy Star was the Manchester Madonna, before indulgence took its toll.

 

Stella Grundy has taken The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star to many unusual locations across the country to sell out crowds, including Manchester's Blueprint Studios, The Re:Play Festival, Chorlton Arts Festival and both The Birdcage and The Landor Theatre in London. Stella has now taken the production into a new phase, developing it for larger theatres. This revised version of The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star will be showcased at a number of key theaters in October, and will pave the way for an extensive national tour in 2015. Tour details below.

 

Stella wanted to created an illusion that Tracy Star is an authentic character from that musical era in order to enhance the audience's experience and emotional connection.

 

The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star offers a peculiar blend of comedy and tragedy interspersed with original music and rhythmic pacey dialogue. Using magazine covers, photographs, videos, film footage and websites, Stella has also created a mock documentary with interviewees including: Clint Boon (XFM/Inspiral Carpets), Dave Haslam (writer/broadcaster/DJ), Jah Wobble (Public Image Limited) Mike Joyce (BBC 6 Music/DJ/The Smiths)...These 'talking heads' all form part of the central character's narrative, adding depth by reminiscing and providing humorous anecdotes about central character Tracy reacting to real historical moments from Manchester's musical past.

 

Stella wanted to created an illusion that Tracy Star is an authentic character from that musical era in order to enhance the audience's experience and emotional connection.  Stella's script for The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star was developed from nine of her original songs - she's also working on a concept album of the show, to be released in 2015.

 

Autumn Tour Dates for October:

Wednesday 1st ~ The Met, Bury

Thursday 2nd ~ The Square Chapel, Halifax

Thursday 9th ~ Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Friday 24th ~ The Edge, Chorlton, Manchester

Friday 31st ~ The Lantern, Liverpool