For three years, in the late 1980s, Jon Ronson was the keyboard player with the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big papier-mache head – nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity – and the act involved them doing oompah versions of pop classics, such as I Should Be So Lucky and Radio Ga Ga. Those were Frank’s zenith years. They toured the United Kingdom, playing to sell-out crowds in small-to-medium-sized venues. They rode high. And then it all went wrong…

Now Jon presents a one-man show,Frank, telling the true story behind a new fictionalized movie co-written by him and soon be released, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

Part funny memoir, part movie diary, this is a tribute to outsider artists too wonderfully strange to ever make it in the mainstream.

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Last session: Fri 28 Mar 2014 at 8:00 PM - This event has now passed
Derby Hall

Jon Ronson’s Frank Story

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