A London Boy by Kevin Hopgood | Script Revolution

A London Boy



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The life of David Bowie
As the 60s come to a close, a young man pursues his musical dream and a star is born.

David Bowie, in the guise of Ziggy Stardust, is having a pregig
meltdown when an excited young fan outside the theatre
reminds him why he’s doing what he does. In flash back, the
story of his journey from Beckenham to the Hammersmith Odeon,
his rise to fame and the creation of Ziggy, unfolds.
We deal with David’s early years as a Bromley teenager and
follow him as he sets out on the path that will lead to him
becoming the global musical icon that we’re all familiar with
today. The majority of the story takes place in the two years
spanning the end of the sixties and the beginning of the
seventies. It’s this period, when David moved back to his
Beckenham and Bromley roots after trying, and failing, to
make it in the London music scene, that laid the foundation
for his future success.
Soon after his return to Beckenham, Bowie was instrumental in
setting up a successful folk club in a local pub, which
became the Beckenham Arts Lab. For a few months during the
summer of 1969 a brief flowering of counter cultural
exuberance took roots in Beckenham’s suburban soil,
culminating in the Beckenham Free Festival.
The story explores all the highs and lows of David’s efforts
to establish himself as a performer and song writer. We also
examine his complicated and unconventional personal life. He
embarks on a famously “open” relationship with Angie Barnett,
and very quickly sets up home with her in a flat in a
crumbling Edwardian mansion called Haddon Hall. It’s here
that The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory and Ziggy
Stardust are all written, and we get to meet the colourful
cast of characters that David surrounds himself with in order
to realise his vision.
We follow David on his journey until, assuming the mantle of
rock aristocracy, he moves away from Beckenham and the ideals
of the sixties, never to return.

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The Writer: Kevin Hopgood

By day I'm a freelance illustrator and comic book artist. My best known comics credit is the three year stint drawing the Iron Man comic book for Marvel Comics. During my time on the book I designed the War Machine and Hulkbuster characters that have since made appearances in several Marvel Studios movies. I've been working from scripts of one form or another all of my working life, and about a year ago I decided to have a go at writing myself. I found that I really enjoyed it, so I've kept on doing it! To date I've written three features and a number of shorts. Go to bio

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