The Beat Hotel is a dark comedy puppet show inspired by the legendary Beat Hotel in Paris.
The Beat Hotel is a Class 13 hotel, meaning bottom of the barrel, a place that is required by law to meet only minimum health and safety standards. It's run by Sherri Martini, a hippy who believes in free love and payment in trade rather than money, with a penchant for young Jim Morrison look-a-likes.
She hasn't lost her goal of keeping it beatnik, with some of the residents from that time, some from the present, and even one or two from well before the 60's. From Rusty Lane, the 101 year old burlesque dancer, through to Jim Fawndah, the resident gym instructor, from Beau Bronson, the slightly psychotic hotel janitor, to Klaus the taxidermist, there is a general air of madness and never a dull moment.
The bohemian clientele sometimes pay the rent with paintings or manuscripts & they can paint and decorate their rented rooms any way they want. Sherri makes sure you don't forget the famous guests from back in the day including Allen Ginsberg & William Burroughs, who completed the text of Naked Lunch there.
But their little world is about to get invaded. BJ The Property Developer wants the land the hotel is situated on to build a super casino. His previous attempts using bullying lawyers and minor threats have failed, so now he's sending in Alvin Feinstein, to gather 'dirt' on the place, to get it officially closed down. As a hotel inspector, and one of the best in the game, Alvin is disturbed from the first steps into the place, and is certain that he will have one of the longest reports in his career at the end of his stay there.
As the weeks pass, The Beat Hotel casts it's spell and Alvin falls in love with the place and it's beautiful madness.
Will Alvin come clean? What will happen to the residents if they're evicted? How can Alvin bear to look Sherri in the eyes and tell her what he's been doing? Will BJ get his way?
Belfast's poets and comedians join with Chairman Miaow for the The Beat Hotel's "PodCat."
Rusty Lane, one of the Beat Hotel residents has a cat fascination, and has one for each of her birthdays ... 101. Chairman Miaow is the only cat to have escaped her clutches, and now broadcasts 'Podcat' across the pirate airwaves for his brothers and sisters in captivity.
As part of the on-going content creation for the world of The Beat Hotel we wanted to work with spoken word artists; poets and comedians and those who can paint pictures and emotions with words.
Chairman Miaow, his producer Fidel Catro, and their new anchor Henry (who is actually Julie) host the biweekly podcast, with CM interviewing a different artist each week, followed by the guest delivering a poem or comedy material in one minute, the 'One Beat Per Minute' feature!
At some point everyone in the world will find themselves tracing their roots back to Ireland. In 2011 this was proved beyond doubt when the Holy Trinity of Obama, The Queen & the Dalai Lama came to Ireland .. in search of their roots! But the secret service think there's something fishy going on. Someone driving these Chinese whispers. And someone must go to find out, someone no-one will suspect.