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Three-minute heroes take the limelight once again.

LIVERPOOL had the Beatles, Manchester have Oasis and Coventry hit the music big time with 2-Tone, writes MARION McMULLEN.

Stars from The Specials and The Selecter were out in force last night for the world premiere Noun 1. world premiere - (music) the first public performance (as of a dramatic or musical work) anywhere in the world
performance, public presentation - a dramatic or musical entertainment; "they listened to ten different performances"; "the play ran for 100
 of city musical Three Minute Heroes.

The Belgrade Theatre The Belgrade Theatre is a live performance venue seating 866 and situated in Coventry, England. It was the first civic theatre to be built after the second world war in Britain and as such was more than a place of entertainment.  production pays tribute to the 2-Tone era, when buying the latest single at Woolies was the highlight of the week for many teenagers.

The pork pie pork pie

a pie with a minced pork filling

Noun 1. pork pie - small pie filled with minced seasoned pork
pasty - small meat pie or turnover

pork pie pork n
 hats and black and white outfits were back as Rude Boys and Rude Girls took to the stage.

The show looks back on the era through the eyes of five friends. They are inspired by the ska sounds to form their own band and dream of joining the 2-Tone label.

All the hits are there, from Too Much Too Young and On My Radio to Ghost Town ghost town, term for any once flourishing American community that has been abandoned, generally for economic reasons. While most of the towns have little or no population, they often contain old buildings, which may serve as tourist attractions.  and Free Nelson Mandela Noun 1. Nelson Mandela - South African statesman who was released from prison to become the nation's first democratically elected president in 1994 (born in 1918)
Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
, while the video backdrop flashes up news stories and film footage of the time.

Bob Eaton's production is packed with references to local people like Pete Waterman, Ken Brown and Terry Hall. The clothes reflect the 1980s and even the milk bottles don't look out of place.

Three Minute Heroes gets off to a lively start but tends to lose it's way towards the end as it tries to cover everything from teenage pregnancy teenage pregnancy Adolescent pregnancy, teen pregnancy Social medicine Pregnancy by a ♀, age 13 to 19; TP is usually understood to occur in a ♀ who has not completed her core education–secondary school, has few or no marketable skills, is  to racism.

Coventry actress Lyndi Ritter-Smith makes her professional acting debut as aspiring singer Sharon while Pauline Black lookalike Tupele Dorgu gets to belt out a passionate performance of On My Radio. Adam Shaw gets all the best lines as punk Sean.

If you lived through the 2-Tone days, othis show will bring a smile to your face.

Three Minute Heroes runs until September 30.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Mcmullen, Marion
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 15, 2000
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