Musik

Theatre (cabaret)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Bijou
  • 21:40
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Cahoots Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)(Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
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Description

Billie Trix. Icon. Rock star. Screen goddess. Drug addict. Billie has lived a life of excess and shares it all in her new one-woman show. Her journey takes us from post-war Berlin to the rock arenas of the world, via the Vietnam war, Andy Warhol's Factory, and a year in a Soho Square phone box. A stunning performance by Frances Barber as Billie Trix with an outrageous script by Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, Coronation Street) and six original songs by Pet Shop Boys.

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  • Accessible entry: Ramped access
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Graham Lewis 54 days ago

What great fun. A real tour de force. Powerfully played by a wonderful performer

Jules Fringegoer 54 days ago

Very pleasing PSB tunes and a great performance by Barber (unless you are at the sides of the tent as Pro actors perform only to those audience members with central seats). But the script is tiresome, weak, rushed and fragmented. Barber bravely squeezes what she can out of it and generates considerable love in the room but it just isn't on the page and a few weak puns fail to substutute for comedic writing. It is hard to see a future for the show without a script overhaul but the idea was good and well-meaning.

Alistair Lomas 55 days ago

I went into this with no knowledge of the character, so really didn’t know what to expect. Turned out to be quite marvellous. Might not be a show for those with thermophobia due to the subject of one of the songs though (I myself love [hot] soup).

C Cowe 57 days ago

I thought this was great fun and I was belly laughing for the hour. I would see this again it was so much fun. Don’t take any of it seriously.

John Dewhurst 59 days ago

Solo show by the wonderful Frances Barber playing chanteuse Billie Trix reflecting on life's vagaries over the last 50 years having been born at the end of WWII.
The shows dialogue was written by Jonathan Harvey with 6 new songs by the Pet Shop Boys.
The story touched the lives of Andy Warhol, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Madonna and all major icons of the late C20th and early C21st. Funny references to Tracy Emin and Donald Trump.
It was all superficial but delivered with great gusto by FB who wittily adlibbed around the Tattoo fireworks.
Great fun and well received.

Val 59 days ago

Loved the music but not the rest

Martin Robinson 59 days ago

Talented performer who can sing. Unfortunately it was incomprehensible and disappointing to non officianados.

Mike Tivnen 63 days ago

Oh this is a lot of fun! At one point the star of the show - Billy Trix – says of the venue we’re watching her in ‘so I’ll tell you how I went from Madison Square Gardens to playing in this shitty little circus tent’. (The mirrored tent, btw, is a perfect choice in terms of atmosphere but less good in terms of sightlines if – like us – you choose to sit in one of the booths around the perimeter). Frances Barber brilliantly and hilariously plays the part of Billy Trix - a drug-addled, whiskey-fuelled sixties survivor with an inflated sense of her own artistic worth and importance, who claims to have performed/consorted/slept with almost anyone of any importance over the last 50 years (including Trump!). Maybe some kind of amalgam of Nico, Marianne Faithfull, Grace Slick and Liza Minnelli). There’s a bunch of songs performed by Frances and written specially for the play by the Pet Shop Boys (sounding very much like a bunch of songs written by the Pet Shop Boys). And there’s a lot of great one liners. I can see this touring. In fact I could see Billy becoming a Gorillaz – a charicature that could tour without the main protagonist being involved – although Frances Barber does seem to be the perfect fit (not that I’m suggesting in any way she’s a drug-addled, whiskey-fuelled sixties survivor with an inflated sense of her own artistic worth and importance!)

Andrew Blake 66 days ago

REALLY A GREAT SHOW.
Stylish, funny, clever - one not to miss.

Wayne Howsen 68 days ago

Sensational in every way. A really clever, sharp and gripping piece of theatre - brilliantly performed with a great new PSB soundtrack. The highlight of The Fringe and an absolute privilege to have been able see such world class entertainment.


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An Organised Mess 52 days ago

In Musik, as Billie Trix, Barber owns the stage. She’s rough and raw. Breathtakingly hysterical. The soundtrack runs alongside her life, ultimately leading to life under a glitter ball.

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Daily Business Group (5/5 stars) 56 days ago

An avant-garde, slick piece of cabaret [...] From start to finish this is a show that embodies the sense of adventure and disregard for convention that is the Fringe at its finest.

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Deadline News (3/5 stars) 58 days ago

Thoroughly entertaining and slightly intimidating, please don’t stop the Musik!

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Daily Business Magazine (5/5 stars) 58 days ago

The songs fit perfectly with the monologue even though Barber delivers them in a voice that makes it unlikely they would ever be heard on a Radio 2 playlist. From start to finish this is a show that embodies the sense of adventure and disregard for convention that is the Fringe at its finest.

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Musical Theatre Review (4/5 stars) 61 days ago

It is a joy to watch Frances Barber strut the stage as this larger-than-life parody of a self-delusional pop icon and artist’s muse Billie Trix.

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The List (4/5 stars) 61 days ago

Frances Barber shines as a faded star trying to re-visit former glories...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 61 days ago

Following their 2001 collaboration on the musical Closer To Heaven, playwright Jonathan Harvey teams up again with the Pet Shop Boys for this gleefully irreverent one-woman cabaret. ...

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The Observer 62 days ago

"...an unabashed wallop of giddy, brilliant camp. "

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Musical Theatre Review (4/5 stars) 62 days ago

It is a joy to watch Frances Barber strut the stage as this larger-than-life parody of a self-delusional pop icon and artist’s muse Billie Trix

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The Evening Standard (4/5 stars) 62 days ago

Frances Barber, Jonathan Harvey and the Pet Shop Boys is a tasty combo to savour, and Musik is definitely the sum of its parts — witty, easy on the ears and as camp as a row of scouts. It is their second theatre collaboration, following 2001’s Closer to Heaven, in which Barber created the character Billie Trix, a dried-up, drug-addled narcissistic rock star.

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Culture Fix (5/5 stars) 62 days ago

Musik is an incredible theatrical experiences that soars thanks to Frances Barber's comic tour de force, Jonathan Harvey's sharp script, and an incredible synthpop soundtrack from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.

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London Theatre 1 (5/5 stars) 62 days ago

Blown away just doesn’t cover it.

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UK Theatre Network (5/5 stars) 62 days ago

A curse to her mother, Billie nevertheless declares ‘I am a gift to the world’, and Barber is certainly a gift to the Fringe. As a singer she can also claim the title of one of the songs, Ich bin music – I am music!

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The Daily Mail (4/5 stars) 62 days ago

Verdict: Frances Barber is brilliant

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Time Out (3/5 stars) 63 days ago

It’s a good job the Assembly’s pop up space Bijou is fairly sturdy, because a strong gust of wind would blow away this high profile but flimsy cabaret spin off from Jonathan Harvey and the Pet Shop Boys’s 2001 musical ‘Closer to Heaven’. ‘Musik’ features Frances Barber reprising her role as...

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BritishTheatre.com (4/5 stars) 63 days ago

Now 74, Billie still shines bright, defying age and mortality by continuing to embrace every experience that life throws at her. With Jonathan Harvey returning as writer, she gives us her colourful life story from her birth in Communist East Berlin in 1945 through adventures in New York, Vienna, Vietnam, Paris and London. Directed by Josh Seymour, it is witty, sometimes silly and often filthy, with Billie firing out her barbs and repartee with style and panache between lines of coke and swigs of Jack Daniel’s.

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 64 days ago

An unbelievable treat!

Billie Trix presents Frances Barber, the biggest icon at the festival. She might suggest you kill to get a ticket and I wouldn't dare to argue with her. Her history makes so much sense of the world. This takes us away from current fake news. She should be First Lady.

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 64 days ago

Frances Barber provides a stunning performance as Billie Trix, a dried up, drug addled, narcissistic rock star....

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ScotsGay (4/5 stars) 64 days ago

In 2001 pop legends The Pet Shop Boys collaborated with acclaimed writer Jonathan Harvey and produced the musical “Closer to Heaven” one of the central characters of that show Billie Trix became the iconic figure, especially when performed by the incredible Frances Barber. 18 Years later, The Pet Shop Boys...

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Edinburgh Evening News (5/5 stars) 67 days ago

The latest collaboration between writer Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, Musik finds an aging Billie Trix reflecting on her life, sharing often explicit tales.“Nothing will be more iconic that what you are about to witness...” she purrs, acknowledging her place at the Fringe.Then with...

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The Telegraph (3/5 stars) 67 days ago

Elton John and Boy George were among the VIPs at the opening night of the Pet Shop Boys’ first foray into musical theatre, Closer to Heaven, in London in 2001. Anticipation levels were high – Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe being the most successful British pop duo of all time and...

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The Times [paywall] (3/5 stars) 67 days ago

This is not a musical so much as a musikal, something sketchier than the real deal with a black cabaret twist. The star is the drug-addled rock chick and muse Billie Trix, played with what can only be called staggering style by Frances Barber. As she tells us about her...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 67 days ago

The character Billie Trix first appeared in the 2001 musical Closer to Heaven written by Jonathan Harvey with a score by Pet Shop Boys. Originally played by Frances Barber, Trix was a performance artist who acted as a narrator of sorts through the musical. Although rather thinly drawn as a...

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Whats On Stage (4/5 stars) 67 days ago

Billie's back! Billie Trix first appeared as the narrator in the Pet Shop Boys' 2001 musical Closer to Heaven, incarnated then, as now, by Frances Barber. For the 2019 Fringe the original creative team of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, together with script-writer Jonathan Harvey, have reunited to give Billie...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 67 days ago

Despite her global acclaim, Billie Trix – a fictional pop icon in the tradition of the Rutles and Spinal Tap – might have been forgotten, had she not been championed by actor Frances Barber and rehabilitated by Pet Shop Boys. Six Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe songs grace this one-woman...

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