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Anybody with a passing interest in the ins and outs of making it big in the music industry will find much to enjoy in The Rise & Fall Of A Northern Star, performed at Independent, Sunderland on Friday 15th May. The acclaimed one-woman show offers up the cautionary tale of a (largely-fictionalised) rock and roll persona and what happens when it all goes wrong.

Stella Grundy – former frontwoman of 90s Manchester band Interstella – writes and performs as Tracy Star, a fellow Mancunian who seeks to escape the mediocrity of her life and make something of herself in the bourgeoning 80s music scene, with Bowie as her guiding light. Tracy fast becomes a Manchester Madonna – a Northern Star, if you will – until narcotics and over-indulgence takes their toll.

A delicious blend of comedy, tragedy and original music, the play has been wowing audiences during a hugely successful autumn tour. An entire constructed reality has been created around the character of Tracy – from a fake documentary, to an entire concept album, available to buy on the night of the show.

Stella has gone to show that the career of a former indie goddess need not go the way of her alter-ego. Star quality? We think so.

The Rise & Fall Of A Northern Star is at Independent, Sunderland on Friday 15th May.

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