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If you are full of cheek and reckon modern stage musicals are getting too pompous and pretentious, you will love one show swinging into the area tomorrow.

Its inspiration comes from the building site where electrician and singer/songwriter Ian Luther was working. He noticed the scrape-clang of trowels when one of his mates was laying bricks. The sound was recorded and became the basis for the first of many songs about building site life.

Ian called it Builders Bum and, expanding the idea and picking up the theme, his musical was born. Naturally, he calls it Cheek.

"It's a great new comedy musical for all ages and it comes to Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre tomorrow night," he says.

It depicts one whacky day at work on the building site and has a cast which consists of former building site bricklayers, labourers, foremen and electricians, including a world champion bagpipe player, an award winning tenor, and a top rock musician.

Cheek also promises an imaginative cocktail of exciting music, ingenious tool percussion, slapstick comedy and crazy dances like the Trowel Dance.

Builders Bum has also been released as a single and street performances during the Edinburgh Festival caused chaos as tourists jostled to get the best photographs and to take part in the Trowel Dance.

Now, the builders are on tour and delighting audiences wherever they go.

The novelty production is even sponsored by Toilet Hire (UK), a company specialising in portable toilets.

During the performance of a song called Number 2s, which Ian says is a tasteful take on going to the loo around the world, the Cheek builders wheel a full-sized Toilet Hire (UK) portaloo onto the stage and use it as a prop.

* The show starts at 7.30pm with tickets pounds 10 (pounds 9 concs) but comes with a word of warning from Ian... "Watch out if you're in the front row, because they're sure to bring the house down."
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Title Annotation:Ents Theatre Arts
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 26, 2003
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