A Rock Musical telling the tale of the legendary Glasgow Apollo. It is a story about the bands, the venue and most of all the fans.
About the project
After the success of two ‘I Was There’ shows in 2009 and 2010, and a demand to see it again from many Apollo Facebook fans I decided to go for it again starting with this Crowdfunding Campaign.
I Was There has been rewritten with new songs, new stories, and a new stage production. It is Bigger and Better and this is your chance to bring this show back live and either relive those magical days for one night or if you are too young to have been there be introduced to a piece of Glasgow Musical History through an explosive, funny and emotional Rock Musical.
It chronicles the passion that people had and still have for the Apollo theatre and describes the heartbreak of what it’s like to lose a big piece of your youth and your culture when it closed its doors in 1985.
It is 30 years since the Apollo closed its doors. Since then the legend of the ‘Greatest Rock Venue in the World’ is still venerated by the bands who played at it and more importantly a generation of rockers who grew up with it.
Unlike the flood of modern day musicals the show tells the story of not only one artist or band – it tells the story of the best rock bands ever to take to the stage, it features the greatest rock songs ever played and the central character is not a singer, a guitarist or a band. It is the story of thousands of young people who had a passion for great music and how the Apollo was part of their lives.
The Apollo is unique in the memory of Scottish music, dance hall and cinema fans over the age of 30 and for many, the venue which was situated at the top of the City’s Renfield Street from 1927 to 1985, is closely associated with Glasgow’s history.
Such was The Apollo’s reputation that one relieved act is reputed to have printed
T-shirts saying: “….I played the Apollo and survived….”.
All your memories in one fantastic show.
I Was There transports you back in time and brings you a fast paced show with a cast of 200 bringing a flavour of what it was like for those who are too young to have been there and for those who were it will bring back memories you thought you had forgot.
The show is produced by Loud n Proud an award winning Scottish music charity (Charity Number SC032337) and it’s aim is to give young aspiring musicians and technicians the training and help to become professional in the muisc industry. I Was There will provide workshops, rehearsals, lectures and classes over the prior months to the show providing valuable new skills or improving on what they have already to make the young participants more employable.
For more than 14 years Loud n Proud have developed to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With many students performing at festivals and winning National Music Competitions they continue to develop young musicians at the top level. Loud ‘n’ Proud is Scotland’s premier learning place for the music of today—and tomorrow.
Loud n Proud have now opened The Rock and Pop School – Scotland. Check out the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rock-and-Pop-School-of-Scotland/962753320457807
The biggest show of its kind
The cast of musicians, actors, dancers and even the technicians for the show are all young people who are part of one of Scotlands very successful music charities Loud n Proud – check out www.loudnproud.org who run the Rock and Pop School of Scotland (check Facebook)
All profits from the show go to the development of young musicians. In previous shows the audience were blown away with the standard of the players and this time it will be even better.
“It was a fantastic show, but you didn’t get the dance right in Delilah. Next time I’ll teach it for you” – Chris Glen SAHB
“Get ready to be wowed” – Russell Leadbetter, Evening Times
“They play classic rock brilliantly” – Peter Ross Scotland on Sunday
“What a show I was knocked out” – Tom Russell, Radio Presenter
“I felt I was back at the Apollo, I swear I could smell it again” – Andy Muir webmaster www.glasgowapollo.com
“I had the best time of my life tonight and I’ve done some amazing things” – Frank Lynch, Owner of The Apollo
Gone but not forgotten
This is an opportunity to meeet old friends, hear classic rock tunes and have a great night out. It is a show for everyone. It’s funny, heartbreaking, exciting and guaranteed to get you out your seat punching the air and singing along.
This is the only Rock Musical in the world about a building and not a band.
The story of The Best Venue in the World with the Best Music in the World in one show – Help make this happen!