Sheffield sees Bowie, Bolan, Bush and Reed on one stage

Cracked Actors at Queens Road Social Club
Cracked Actors at Queens Road Social Club
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A dream line-up of David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Kate Bush and Lou Reed are all on stage together in Sheffield for one amazing night.

Not the real thing, of course, but Cracked Actors is an evening devoted to the four stars at Queens Road Social Club.

Jennie Swift of Sheffield-based Black Box Productions said: “Cracked Actors is a tribute to four legends and icons, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Kate Bush and Lou Reed.

“We’ve chosen them because they’ve collaborated in the past together and also because they’ve had such an impact on culture, art, fashion and music.”

Jennie is quick to point out that this isn’t a typical tribute show, with acts attempting to emulate their idols, although a live band will perform some of their greatest hits, accompanied by dancers.

The performers include singer Rob Benson. He was asked by T-Rex conga player Mickey Finn to step into Marc Bolan’s shoes following his death and continued with the band for 15 years.

He is also known for replicating the voice of David Bowie and will be performing as both singers.

Drummer Bobby Arechiga has performed with David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars bassist Trevor Bolder as well as Ronnie James Dio of Dio and Black Sabbath, John Parr, Strongheart and Sheffield’s own Frank White.

Guitarist John Slater teamed up with ex-Iron Maiden singer, Blaze Bayley following his departure from the band in the late 1990s.

He produced four albums and toured extensively over five years, sharing the stage with such bands as Slayer, Saxon, Symphony X, Helloween and Manowar, plus Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Zakk Wylde.

Sheffield-based Paris Phipps is performing as Lou Reed and Chesterfield-based musical theatre performer Marilyn Miller is appearing as Kate Bush.

Each of the four stars will be represented by about seven of their biggest hits.

Black Box are collaborating with Rotherham college for the show and students are designing make-up and costumes.

If the event goes well it may well be repeated, possibly in Chesterfield, said Jennie. “The band and dancers have been spending hours rehearsing. It would be a shame for it to just be a one-off.”

Black Box put on a range of events, including the Berlin Diary burlesque night. Their ethos is for the audience to join in so they are encouraging everyone to go glam for the evening.

To book advance tickets for Cracked Actors, which takes place on Saturday, March 28 go to

For further information, look up the Black Box Facebook page or follow them on Twitter: @black_box_prod