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The story of Mick Ronson and the Spiders From Mars.

Our city has always been home to rule breakers, game changers and history makers, with Hull-born rock legend Mick Ronson among the most famous of the lot.

But just how well do you know his story? In this multimedia show, Hull writers and theatre makers Garry Burnett and Rupert Creed dig a little deeper to uncover the untold tale of how a working-class boy from Greatfield Estate challenged social norms to champion a new music and social culture.

This world premiere production tells the Mick Ronson story from his early years with bands such as The Rats, through his ground-breaking collaboration with David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars, to his innovative work as an album producer with the likes of Lou Reed and Morrissey.

Through memories of friends, fans and fellow musicians, personal photographs and archive film, and the stunning music of a special live band, Turn and Face the Strange tells the story of an extraordinary talent, whose music played an influential part in countless people’s lives.

With an accompanying exhibition of photographs and rare memorabilia, take a unique trip through time, image and sound, and be part of the Mick Ronson story.

Live band

The legendary rock musicians who played with David Bowie and Mick Ronson will re-unite as members of the band featuring in the multimedia show.

Keith ‘Ched’ Cheeseman: on guitar. Ched played with Mick Ronson in Hull band The Rats.

John Cambridge: on drums. John played in The Rats, and went on to play with David Bowie on ‘Space Oddity’ and with Bowie’s backing band The Hype. He was a key figure in bringing together the Spiders from Mars.

John Bentley: on bass. John played in Hull band Nothineverhappens and went on to play bass alongside Jools Holland in Squeeze.

They play alongside a classically trained string quartet of young performers, led by 17 year-old Wyke College student Elliot Jarvis.



97 Preston Road
01482 710100


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  • Assistance Dogs
  • Baby Changing
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Opening times

Monday 8am-7.30pm
Tuesday 8am-7.30pm
Wednesday 8am-7.30pm
Thursday 8am-7.30pm
Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday 8am-12 noon
Sunday Closed

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