Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson presents a one-man show - Frank - telling the true story behind a new, soon to be released movie co-written by him and 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.

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-mâché 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…

Jon is also the acclaimed author of  best sellers ‘The Psychopath Test’ and ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ - which was also a major Hollywood adaptation starring Ewan McGregor and George Clooney.

Interviewed by:
SOPHIE McKEAND

Llangollen Town Hall - 8.00pm

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