Following on from sensational runs in London and the Edinburgh Fringe, Quentin Dentin, the star of his very own musical, The Quentin Dentin Show, has stepped off the stage to release his long-awaited debut album – and the musical gameshow guru has given Mirror Online an exclusive look at his first music video ahead of the album launch later this month.
Quentin’s show has had three professional productions since its inception in 2014, with the score being hailed by as the ‘best new score that British musical theatre has produced in certainly the past few years’.
Released on 14th September 2018, the Original Cast Recording features music and lyrics by Henry Carpenter and is produced by Paul Garred, co-founder and original drummer of The Kooks.
Having recently arrived on Earth from ‘Entertainment Heaven’, Quentin says his his mission is simple: to make humanity happy….or kill them trying.
We managed to grab a precious few moments with the man, the myth, the legend that is Quentin Dentin himself ahead of the official release date…
How would you describe the show to someone who hasn’t heard of it?
The Quentin Dentin Show is a musical self-help seminar that’s all about fixing your problems, and turning your terrible life around. Yes, you!
In the Show, I, Quentin Dentin, the marvellous, tap-dancing, alien evangelist / gameshow host, am beamed down into your local theatre on a mission to make humanity (you) totally and permanently happy, by way of alternative facts, lifestyle advice and compulsory medication.
So, think of the Show like going to see your doctor, but with better tunes.
It’s already been been described as a cult hit; what would you say gives it that appeal to audiences?
You remember ‘a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down’? Well, my show is like that. Lots and lots of sugar – and very powerful, very addictive medicine.
I think people like the fact that it’s a bit different. It has a different M.O. to most musicals, both in the sound of the songs, and in terms of what the Show exists to do.
The Quentin Dentin Show isn’t some silly story about shoes, or witches, or the American constitution – it’s about giving you the knowledge you need to survive the world of tomorrow. No other musical is going to do that.
The show is fun and bizarre and very catchy, but do you think there’s an underlying message to take away from it?
Yes, some have suggested that I am fictional, and that The Quentin Dentin Show is actually a dark fable about the overload of impossible, conflicting messages we face in our modern consumer society.
But in my opinion, anyone who says that is just thinking too hard! I say, don’t strain your brain looking for meaning where there is none.
It’s been through several versions over the last few years, and in the case of other pieces they can sometimes seem more laboured or diluted because of it; why do you think this isn’t the case with Quentin Dentin?
Because we were very young when we started the Show (I’m only four years old now) there was a lot we didn’t know about how to get our message across. But, when you start with grand ambitions and limited resources, there’s a lot of room to grow and improve.
Many other shows start with sensible ambitions, achieve them on a small scale, then try to make their small idea bigger, which is much more difficult.
Some shows never end up with a cast recording or demo, what are your thoughts on the cost v exposure argument?
I worked hard with my ghost writer Henry Carpenter and album producer Paul Garred (co-founder of The Kooks) to make sure that this album was more than simply a recording of how the songs have sounded before.
Everything has been tightened and filled with detail and production, so my album is a proper modern pop record.
As a result this album is most certainly the best Quentin Dentin product we’ve put out, and a real evolution from last year’s Show. Hopefully it will bring us a lot of exposure, and introduce us to a new listening audience, so the cost is worth it.
My point is that if you have the opportunity to transform your stage material into a record, and really make it work in a new format, then do – but don’t expect that simply recording material which works onstage will make a great album.
A lot of musicals opening/scheduled to open in the ‘big’ London theatres over the next few months are Broadway transfers, do you think there’s enough space given to home-grown talent at the moment?
Well, in terms of the ‘big’ London theatres, they are ultimately driven by what the public wants to see. In my view it’s not their responsibility to give more space to home grown talent, it’s the responsibility of home grown talent to get good enough to be put in a big theatre.
Unfortunately, if you want to do something new or different, you will have to do it all yourself and fight against the establishment, until the establishment finally catches on and lets you in… it’s the way of the world.
And finally … any advice for people who may find themselves confronted with a Faustian, alien, self-help guru?
Yes, I do! People – you have to listen to them carefully, and do exactly what they tell you to do. Faustian, alien, self-help gurus always have your best interests at heart – but they do eventually run out of patience.
Please bear that in mind, readers. Now, I’m off to do what I do best – suddenly appearing to humans, and making them happy forever. Keep your eyes peeled – it could be you!
The Quentin Dentin Show is out on September 14, and available to .