Steamy dance show The Car Man set for Theatre Royal

DANCE AWAY ... Matthew Bourne's ballet The Car Man is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
DANCE AWAY ... Matthew Bourne's ballet The Car Man is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

A STEAMY dance show inspired by Carmen is on its way to the region – and you could win tickets for opening night.

Matthew Bourne’s award-winning show The Car Man is coming to the Theatre Royal, in Newcastle.

The contemporary dance show, from theatre company New Adventures, runs at the venue from Tuesday, April 28 to Saturday, May 9.

Inspired by Bizet’s popular opera Carmen, it has one of the most instantly recognisable scores in the company’s repertoire.

The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory in Carmen becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960s America where the dreams and passions of a small town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger.

Chris Trenfield, who shares the leading role of Luca with Jonathan Ollivier, said: “I made my debut as Luca on Tuesday night and it was brilliant – the show was received really well.

“The story is quite different from the original. The music is the same but it’s told in a very different way.”

The Car Man was the first New Adventures production that Chris saw. He said: “This is probably the best part I’ve ever played.

“There’s a lot of dancing, which is very rewarding, but there’s a lot of demand for acting as well. It’s quite demanding but really fun as well.

“When I first saw the show, I thought it was incredible and I knew I definitely wanted to do it and I’m very excited that I am six years on.”

DANCE AWAY ... Matthew Bourne's ballet The Car Man is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

DANCE AWAY ... Matthew Bourne's ballet The Car Man is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Chris has starred in various shows by famous choreographer Matthew Bourne.

He said: “His style kind of suits me as a performer. I love to dance and I’ve been doing it since I was five, but there’s also a lot of acting involved.

“There’s no speaking and the story is told entirely through dance, but I think this show is very easy to follow.

“Some shows, like ballet, can be very abstract and regimental, but this one is just like watching a silent film.”

When I first saw the show, I thought it was incredible and I knew I definitely wanted to do it and I’m very excited that I am six years on.

Chris Trenfield, Luca in The Car Man

He added: “I’ve been to Newcastle a few times and it’s a great place. The thing we always like about going there is that we’re there for two weeks so we get to spend the weekend making the most of the night life.”

Tickets for The Car Man cost from £16. To book, go to www.theatreroyal.co.uk or call the box office on 08448 112 121.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for the opening night show at 7.30pm.

To be in with a chance of winning, just tell us which part Chris plays in the show.

Fill out the coupon and send it to Vicki Newman, The Car Man, Shields Gazette, 2nd Floor, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, DH4 5RA.

Twitter: @ShieldsGazVicki

DANCE AWAY ... Matthew Bourne's ballet The Car Man is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

DANCE AWAY ... Matthew Bourne's ballet The Car Man is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.