The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill - BAC
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE WORLD premiere production of The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill, written and performed by Greg Wohead, will visit Battersea Arts Centre (October 22 and 23, 2013) as part of a national tour.
Using true storytelling accompanied by banjo and guitar music from Mat Martin, Texan Greg Wohead creates a compelling performance about being far away from home: about how identity can be connected to a place, and how that place (and identity) warps, stretches and grows over distance and time.
The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill is made up of interweaving Texas tales told to the audience by Wohead. As the lines between truth and exaggeration begin to blur, banjo and guitar music, by turns gentle and exuberant, provides a pathway through the confusion; sometimes in the background painting a picture of the desert landscape, other times punctuating the story with old-time songs sung by Wohead and Martin.
This is the true story of two Texans. One Texan falls in love with a cowgirl who rides on the back of a giant catfish. His name is Pecos Bill. He was raised by coyotes, used a rattlesnake as a lasso, and grew up to be the greatest cowboy of all time. The other Texan once passed out from exhaustion on a 3-mile hike. His name is Greg. This is where Bill and Greg meet, merge and swap stories.
Greg Wohead said: “For me, this is a very personal show. It’s about the idea of home and being far away from a place to which your identity is linked. The show is about a mythical cowboy called Pecos Bill, who is from the same place as me: Texas. I started making the show when I had spent enough time away from home to forget a lot of things about it and to make up a lot of things about it. I loved that, so I made a show that’s basically a tall tale about real life. With banjo and guitar music. A true story with a healthy amount of exaggeration.”
Wohead is this year’s winner of Flying Solo – a commission by Contact, MC Amsterdam, Fuel and The Albany to develop and premiere a new show in spring 2014. He is also currently showing work at The Yard’s Class of ’13 Festival.
The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill is suitable for ages 12+.
Tickets: £12, £9 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7223 2223 or online at www.bac.org.uk/.
Running Time: 60 minutes.
Following the BAC dates, The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill will visit Didcot, Margate, Cardiff, Exeter and Bracknell.