One week from today the Wild West is coming to north London care of Sense of Place Theatre’s brand-new production of Jethro Compton’s The Frontier Trilogy, running at Highbury’s Hen & Chickens Theatre from 2 to 6 October 2018. Learn who’s playing who in each of the three short plays and get into the rootin’-tootin’ mood with our sneak-peek rehearsal photos gallery and flashback video. Time to get booking!
Step inside the chapel of St Emmanuel and witness this trilogy of fast-paced, crackling Western dramas. Greed, ambition, love and vengeance drive these tales forward with an intensity and ferocity that will take you to the heart and heat of the Californian plains. Can two brothers survive their jealousy as the blood moon looms? Can Walker stay true to himself against the ticking clock? Can Jack escape his past and defy the man he was born to be?
The Frontier Trilogy consists of three short plays – Blood Red Moon, The Clock Strikes Noon and The Rattlesnake’s Kiss – all set in California between 1855 and 1866. The trilogy premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 in a production directed by the author. Jethro Compton‘s other plays include The Bunker Trilogy (seen at the Edinburgh Fringe and Southwark Playhouse in 20a3) and an adaptation of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (at the Park Theatre in 2014).
For this brand-new production of The Frontier Trilogy, which marks the debut for Sense of Place Theatre, Darren Barsby and Kim Southey co-direct. The cast are: Matt Greenbank, David Ellis, Rhys Tees, Josie Melton, Mark Haumann, Ashton Spear, Georgina Bennett, Jack Collard, Brian Merry and Zoë Lambrakis. Scroll down for who plays who and what their story is in each play.
The Frontier Trilogy runs from 2 to 6 October 2018 at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2NA. Performances (90 minutes) are Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm, with a Saturday matinee at 1.30pm. Tickets are priced £15 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Volume I: Blood Red Moon
Winter, 1855. The blood moon hangs in the sky above the great American West, illuminating the young man’s path as he travels across the desolate land – Luna De Sangre, an omen warning death is soon to come. Before the winter sun rises over the frost covered valley, at least one life will end.
Follow the brothers, Enoch and Levi Hill, as they journey to California in search of gold and fortune. As the claim prospers, the two men lift themselves from the dirt, but their newfound wealth brings with it only pain and suffering. Brotherhood has brought them west, now jealousy threatens to tear them apart.
Volume II: The Clock Strikes Noon
Spring, 1864. Inside the chapel, Ben Walker is trapped, surrounded, under siege with guns near empty and danger closing in – the clock is ticking. The odds stacked against him and nowhere to turn, he must make the choice: to do what’s easy, or to do what’s right.
When the tracks of the American Pacific Railroad arrive at the edge of the mountains, the people of Cooper’s Ridge are in danger. Livelihoods threatened; their homes and farms are the only obstacle standing between the railway and the blue waters of the Pacific.
Volume III: The Rattlesnake’s Kiss
Summer, 1866. Hidden deep in the dust of the American West, the outlaw comes face to face with the lawman in search of justice. He prayed his past was buried in the black mines of Mexico, but no matter how far he runs, how hard he fights, time catches us all. His life of murder is long behind, but can he ever escape the man he was born to become?
Jack Mason was the most feared gunslinger riding with the most vicious border gang ever known to the West. The Venenos brought nothing but death and torture to the people of Alta California and left in their wake the bloodied corpses of any who’d stand in their way.
The Frontier Trilogy premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 in a production directed by author Jethro Compton himself. Here’s a little flashback to that staging to get you even more into the Wild West mood. Feeling ready to jump in the saddle and gallop to the Hen & Chickens?! We are!