Theatre returns to Steyning
LIFE is a prickly cactus '“ Jim's marriage to Jen is falling apart and his career is going nowhere.
To escape he dons his Stetson and goes where "a man is a man, and he don't need nothing nor nobody 'cept his horse, Old Faithful".
But when Roxanne the Saloon Girl slips into Jen's shoes, and Matt Chisolm, the meanest gunslinger in the West, rides into town the fight is on.
Touring theatre group The Company is set to bring Sara Clifford's new comedy-western play, And His Name Was Jim..., to Steyning.
The Company was formed last year by Peter Faulkner and Stephen Israel, with the aim of tapping into the huge pool of local talent '“ writers, directors, designers and actors '“ to produce quality theatre to tour in the south east.
Peter, who plays gunslinger Matt, has worked extensively in theatre and television, as both an actor and a musician, while Stephen, who plays the titular star Jim, has acted and directed himself all the way from the West End to West Sussex. Jen and Roxanne are played by Emma Kilbey.
The play has been brought to Steyning by Cuthman's Mother, a newly formed group in the town aiming to bring a year-round programme of performances to Steyning Grammar School's drama hall theatre, in Shooting Field.
Packed with live music, the Western-themed comedy drama promises to have audiences reaching for the sarsaparilla.
And His Name Was Jim... will be performed at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 29. Doors '“ and the bar '“ open at 6.45pm.
Tickets, costing 8 or 4 concessions, are available from Steyning Book Shop, in Steyning High Street, on 01903 812062.