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About the Show Less...

Telstar explores the loneliness and heartbreak of a frustrated genius and the energy and power of music to transform lives - for better or for worse. Read More >

Telstar traces the rise and tragic fall of an iconic figure of British pop – Joe Meek , Britain’s first independent record producer and original rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. Transforming his tiny flat over a handbag shop in the Holloway Road into a recording studio, Meek produced three massive hits of the period, including the self-written Telstar – one of the biggest sellers of all time. Meek’s passion and drive came hand in hand with a volatile and belligerent manner, which, fuelled by a paranoia-inducing amphetamine addiction made him impossible to work with; his spiritualism led to claims that the dead Buddy Holly was the true author of many of his songs. This black comedy takes us back to the mad days and nights of Meek’s recording sessions between 1961-67, his turbulent career and relationship with his band – a maverick group of local kids; his fateful alliance with land-lady Violet Shenton (Linda Robson); his unrequited love for one-hit-wonder protege Heinz and his blind support for his homegrown acts such as Screaming Lord Sutch while he showed the door to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and many others.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 21/06/2005

Opening Night: 24/06/2005

Booking Until: 10/09/2005

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Cast & Creative


Con O'Neill (Joe Meek), Linda Robson, Tarl Caple, Gareth Corke, Callum Dixon, David Hayler, Roland Manookian, Philip York , William Woods


Director - Paul Jepson

Producer - Katy Quayle, Kate Plantin and Nick Moran for KT2 Productions, present this New Vic Workshop production in association with Eastbourne Theatres and Cambridge Arts.

Designer - Tim Shortall

Lighting Designer - Chris Ellis

Author - Nick Moran & James Hicks

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