Decky Does a Bronco 2000 – 2002

Written by Douglas Maxwell.  Directed by Ben Harrison.

First performed in July 2000 at Brodie Park, Paisley & then toured Scotland, including Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  In 2001, toured England in co-production with The Almeida Theatre, London and then visited Belfast Festival and Cork Festival Fringe and, in 2002, Dublin with Draiocht in Farmleigh Estate.

One of The Observer’s Top 10 Theatrical Events of the Year (2000)

AWARDS:

Winner:  Scotsman Fringe First for Outstanding New Production

Winner: Stage Award for Acting Excellence – Best Ensemble

Nominated:  TMS/Barclays Stage Award for Best Touring Production

A smash hit at the 2000 Fringe, Decky has toured successfully on numerous occasions, most notably with the Almeida Theatre. When returning to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2001, it was part of the British Council Showcase, following which it went to the Cork Fringe (now Midsummer) Festival and Belfast Festival at Queen’s. In 2002, we had the privilege to perform and stay in Farmleigh Estate, Dublin, the former Guinness family home and now where the Irish Government house visiting heads of state. We remounted Decky in 2010 for a three and a half month tour of Scotland and England, celebrating its tenth anniversary. More detail about the 2010 cast and tour can be found in the Decky Does a Bronco 2010 section of Past Productions.

 

In brief: It’s the summer of 1983, and school’s out. Five lads act out their dreams and fears in their local playground in Scotland. Their game, known as “broncoing”, is fast, furious and all about machismo. Although the manhood for which Decky and his mates are waiting seems a long time coming, little do they know how suddenly and abruptly it will be forced upon them. A compelling tale of childhood innocence and the perilous passage into adulthood.

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Cast & Crew:

CAST 2000

Decky: David Ireland
David:Keith McPherson
Young Chrissy:Andy Clark
Adult Chrissy: Craig Smith
Young Barry: Ross Sutherland
Adult Barry: Paul Cunningham
Young O’Neill: Jimmy Harrison
Adult O’Neill: Muz Murray

CREW 2000

Producer: Judith Doherty
Director: Ben Harrison
Writer: Douglas Maxwell
Composer/Sound Designer: Philip Pinsky
Stunt Co-ordinator: Jonothan Campbell
Company Stage Manager: Amy Shapcott
Deputy Stage Manager: Ross McDade
Production Assistant: Sunita Hinduja

Dramaturgical Assistant: Marie Claire McPhilomy
General Manager: Claire Robb
Set Design & Build: Allan Ross
Costume Designer: Alice Bee
Lighting Designer: George Tarbuck
Graphic Designer: Emma Quinn
FOH Assistant: Deborah Crewe
Print Photographer: Douglas Jones
Production Photographer: Keith Brame

CAST 2001

Decky: David Ireland (played by Alistair Arthur Lay in Belfast and Cork)
David: Keith McPherson (played by Harry Ward in Oxford and Bath)
Young Chrissy: Martin Docherty
Adult Chrissy: Craig Smith
Young Barry: Ross Sutherland
Adult Barry: Harry Ward (played by Ronnie McCann in Oxford and Bath)
Young O’Neill: Jimmy Harrison
Adult O’Neill: Muz Murray

CREW 2001

Producer: Judith Doherty
Director: Ben Harrison
Writer: Douglas Maxwell
Composer/Sound Designer: Philip Pinsky
Stunt Co-ordinator: Jonothan Campbell
Company Stage Manager: Shona Wright
Deputy Stage Manager/Techncian: Ross McDade
Production Assistant: Sunita Hinduja
Dramaturgical Assistant: Marie Claire McPhilomy
General Manager: Claire Robb
Set Design & Build: Allan Ross

Costume Designer: Alice Bee
Lighting Designer: George Tarbuck
FOH:  Deborah Crewe
Graphic Designer: Emma Quinn
Print Photographer: Douglas Jones
Production Photographer: Keith Brame

CAST 2002

Decky: Tommy Mullins
David: Paul Rattray
Young Chrissy: Garry Collins
Adult Chrissy: Brian Ferguson
Young Barry: Jonathan Fegan
Adult Barry: Iain Mossman
Young O’Neill: Iain Pearson
Adult O’Neill: Muz Murray

CREW 2002

Producer: Judith Doherty
Director: Janie Abbot (using the book from previous performances directed by Ben Harrison)
Writer: Douglas Maxwell
Composer/Sound Designer: Philip Pinsky
Stunt Co-ordinator: Jonothan Campbell
Company Stage Manager: Shona Wright
Technical Manager: Paul Claydon
General Manager: Claire Robb
Set Design & Build: Allan Ross
Costume Designer: Alice Bee
Lighting Designer: George Tarbuck
Graphic Designer: Emma Quinn
Print Photographer: Douglas Jones