9 Sep 2007
Kevin Hewick's School of Hard Rocks 
Kevin Hewick has written and recorded an album's worth of songs for a new musical 'School of Hard Rocks' that's been concieved by him and his old schoolfriend and ex-Eastenders/Emmerdale scriptwriter Jez Simons with the actors for Hathi Productions.

The play is a parody of everything from X Factor and Fame Academy to Grease, Rocky Horror, High School Musical and, of course, School of Rock.

Songs include take-offs of U2 and Neil Young with Crazy Horse and a foolhardy attempt to cross Bon Jovi with Section 25.

Worth seeing for the sight of the dozen young cast members doing wild dance routines to Kevin Hewick songs alone SOHR's debuts at Leicester's Phoenix Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Friday 14 September and Saturday 15 September.

Tickets are GBP 5.00 (4.00 concessions)

More info on www.kevinhewick.co.uk

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