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Music Q&A with Mike Bennett

What are you listening to right now?

I’m listening Teenage Depression by Eddie and The Hot Rods. It’s uplifting. I am also listening to some dance orientated songs from America, which contain lyrics derived from the work of Edgar Allen Poe. It’s part of my research for my impending production of Poe Zest in the West End.

It’s Karaoke night. What song do you sing?

The Sound Of Music. Not the Julie Andrews version. I have a death metal version I created with a Norwegian band. During the instrumental I do a dub orientated reading of Poe’s The Raven. Mind you I performed it at a working men’s club last night and for no reason I launched into The Fall Of The House Of Usher by Poe.

What have you been reading lately?

I’ve always got several books and journals on the go. My bedtime reading at the moment is The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe. I find it both therapeutic and cathartic. It’s comforting to know I’m not the only one to have sick thoughts on a regular basis. It also provides me with grist for my Poe orientated poetry. The caretaker by Harold Pinter. I find it very amusing.  I’m just starting In Camera by John Paul Sartre. It’s clearly about life in Purgatory. I want to go to Purgatory myself one day but only fleetingly just to see what it’s like.

Which song do you wish you had written?

The song happy birthday. Made a couple of old women millions. I’m so sorry, going through a materialistic patch.

We’re at the bar. What are you drinking?

A double Jack Daniel’s with a double Baileys mixed. It’s my latest tipple. Generally though it’s a Zombie cocktail with extra wray and nephews augmented by seven cubes of ice stirred anti-clockwise five times with an umbrella stage left, half mast.

Who would you dread getting stuck in a lift with?

Alan Titchmarsh.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Edgar Allan Poe’s character the black cat. He magically grows white gallows on his chest thus having the ability to scare the life out of his Machiavellian owner. I brush upon this in Poe Zest but the cat has a twist in its tail.  I’d like to say I was only joking but I’m not. I did however also want to be a script writer and a record producer who did broadcasting and acting. Trouble is it came true.

If you were a London tube station, which one would you be? 

Neasden of course. You meet everyone from the dregs of society to top barristers and lawyers. Hold on a lot of lawyers are the dregs of society.  What I mean to say is you meet an eclectic bunch of people walking by.

How can we find out more about you?

I’ve got a website of sorts www.mikebennettproducer.com   I am based at pinewood studios and I’ve written lots for them including a series for Rik Mayall. Poezest my reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe is published by them on paperback audio and kindle . Open the one man show at the Bloomsbury theatre on 15 January It’s a one man show but with amazing audiovisuals by Steve Bowden.  Take a look at the Bloomsbury theatre website https://www.thebloomsbury.com

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