Billy The Kid: His Life In Music

Livestock present: Billy The Kid: His Life In Music

Head for the hills!
Billy The Kid’s coming to town…!

Livestock Present: Billy the Kid: His Life in Music

Two men claim to have known Billy The Kid personally: Chevron Malaise and Acapulco Beans. They say they rode the Western trail with him, participated in gunfights and survived. Unfortunately, none of this is true.

In an attempt to achieve notoriety by association, two ageing cowboys have concocted an evening of (false) reminiscence that from the opening moment, fails to convince.

An entertaining fusion of music, theatre and comedy featuring re-enactments of moments from cowboy history and such songs as Hey Billy, The Ballad Of Viagra, Caught In The Fire and The Death Of Billy The Kid.

Written by and starring musician Rex Horan (Neil Cowley Trio, Jazz FM’s Jazz Artist of the Year 2013 award winner) and writer/performer Chris Johnston (Fluxx, Rideout, Livestock), Billy The Kid: His Life In Music was first presented as part of the Brighton Fringe 2013, prior to a week run at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden, London. Rex and Chris have been working together over several years exploring ways to fuse music, theatre and comedy. This is their first touring show.

A comedic musical tale of The Wild West and 19th century outlaw, gunman, gambler and rustler, William H. Bonney, aka Billy The Kid, whose legend lives on over 130 years after his death at the hands of Pat Garrett.

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Listings: Autumn 2014 Tour Dates

Billy the Kid: His Life in Music

Two cowboys reminisce about their time with legendary outlaw Billy The Kid. Unfortunately, they never met him! A comedic music tale of the Wild West written and performed by Rex Horan and Chris Johnston.

Thursday 11 September 2014
Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset BH5 1LX
Tel: 01202 413 600
Free/ donations
* Part of the Boscombe Fringe Festival

Friday 12 September 2014
@AE Harris Theatre,110 Northwood Street, Birmingham, B3 1SZ
Tel: 0121 236 2273

Saturday 13 September 2014
Shopfront Theatre, Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry CV1 3HW
Tel: 02476 158340

Sunday 14 September 2014
Boars Head, 39 Worcester Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 1EW
Tel: 01562 861870
Free/ donations

Monday 15 September 2014
Bedworth Arts Centre, Civic Hall, High Street, Bedworth, Warwickshire CV12 8NF
Tel: 024 7664 3255

Tuesday 16 September 2014
New Vic Theatre Studio Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 0JG
Tel: 01782 717 962
£5 & £7.50

Tickets are available on the door at all performances.

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‘A completely glorious theatrical treat that makes its own utter mad sense. Any serious points that the play might conceal – about the unreliability of memory, how fact shape-shifts into folk myth, or how no one is really who they think they are, slip cleverly and slyly beneath the radar. A sublimely hilarious event.’ – Ian Wilkie, University of London

‘Performed as part of the Nightingale’s curated element of the Brighton Fringe 2013 programme, Billy the Kid is a wonderful piece for audiences with a penchant for good music mixed with a story of a (warped) piece of history.’ – Steven Brett, Director, The Nightingale, Brighton

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