Bath goes Wild West as world premiere production of LITTLE SURE SHOT opens at the egg theatre

Bath goes Wild West as world premiere production of LITTLE SURE SHOT opens at the egg theatre

This Easter, saddle up and get ready to meet daredevil sharpshooter Annie Oakley as Little Sure Shot gallops into town with an inspirational, true story told with flair and stunning theatricality. Recommended for family audiences aged 7 years and over, this world premiere stage production opens its UK tour in the egg theatre at the Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 26th March to Saturday 4th April.

Performed with wit, magic, live Country and Western music, and death-defying shoot-outs, this new play promises a Wild West escapade for adventure seeking theatregoers of all ages.

Annie Oakley, the Little Sure Shot of the Wild West, defied a tough start in life to overcome the odds. At 6, her father froze to death. At 7, she taught herself to shoot. At 15, she paid off her mother’s mortgage with the proceeds of her hard work. At 16, she met the love of her life in a shooting match. At 21, she was the most famous female sharpshooter in the West.

In a quick-fire, action-packed performance featuring a multi-talented cast and wonderful live music, Little Sure Shot explores the hardships that befell Annie at such a young age and celebrates the great sense of human endeavour associated with her achievements in the face of adversity.

The role of Annie Oakley is played by Verity Kirk, who has recently performed in Polar Bears, The Ballad of the Adventurers and The Crucible at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Andy Clark plays the roles of Pa, Mr Oakley, Mr Wolf and John Graham. His many stage credits include performing with the National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Court, Young Vic, Dundee Rep and Glasgow Citizens Theatre. His television credits include Rebus, Taggart and Sea of Souls.

Andrew Whitehead appears as Buffalo Bill, Mr Katzenberger and Mrs Wolf. He has recently performed in She Stoops to Conquer and An August Bank Holiday Lark for Northern Broadsides, and in Wind in the Willows and The Witches Promise for Birmingham Rep. Paksie Vernon plays the role of Ma, Mrs Eddington and George the Poodle. She recently appeared on television in Shetland and at West Yorkshire Playhouse in James and the Giant Peach and The Jungle Book. David Leopold plays the roles of Frank Butler and Brother John, with all other parts are played by members of the five-strong company.

Little Sure Shot is directed by Amy Leach, an Associate Artist of the egg theatre and co-founder of the multi award-winning En Masse Theatre Company, who have twice received Fringe First Awards. Amy’s previous work in Bath has seen her direct the Theatre Royal’s praised Storm on the Lawn productions of Grimm Brothers’ Circus in 2009, Oliver Twist in 2010, Peter Pan in 2012 and Dracula in 2013. She has also directed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and The Lowry’s Library Theatre, and directed nine productions for En Masse Theatre Company, which have toured nationally and internationally. Most recently, Amy directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle at London’s Unicorn, which has been nominated for Best Production 2015 in The Off West End Theatre Awards.

Design is by award-winning Hayley Grindle, whose previous work at the Theatre Royal Bath and the egg theatre includes her eye-catching designs for Animal Farm, The Nutcracker,
Around The World in Eighty Days, Ben Hur, His Dark Materials, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Max and Beth, and on three occasions Storm on the Lawn. Hayley has designed productions across the UK, working with the RSC, Welsh National Youth Opera, Soho Theatre, Hull Truck, and Newbury’s Watermill Theatre. Most recently, she designed The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Britain’s Best Recruiting Sergeant at London’s Unicorn Theatre.

This brand new egg theatre production which is co-produced with West Yorkshire Playhouse, follows the recent hit family shows produced by Bath’s children’s theatre at Christmas, including Rumpelstiltskin in 2014, Moominland Midwinter in 2013, Heidi – A Goat’s Tale in 2012, and The French Detective and the Blue Dog in 2011.

Little Sure Shot appears at the egg theatre in Bath from Thursday 26th March to Saturday 4th April 2015. To book contact the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk