This year the Wyvern Theatre celebrates 20 years of Summer Youth Projects in Swindon.
To mark the event in wild style, some of the cast from this year’s production of Bugsy Malone spilled into Swindon town centre for a custard pie and whipped cream gun fight!
Bugsy Malone follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs and the washed up, well-intentioned, one-time boxer who steps in to take control of Fat Sam’s gang and give Dandy Dan and his boys what they’ve got coming.
In this tongue-in-cheek tribute to 1920s gangsters, the message is one of romance and good, clean fun; the characters are wonderful cartoon cut-outs; and the weapons of choice are "splurge" whipped cream guns, flour bombs, and custard pies.
This fantastic show features all the favourite Bugsy songs such as Fat-Sam’s Grand Slam, I’m Feeling Fine, You Give A Little Love, Bugsy Malone and I Could Have Been Anything That I Wanted To Be.
The first Summer Youth Project took place at the Wyvern Theatre in 1994 with Bugsy Malone and was one of the first community ventures of its kind in the local area. Since then it has become an annual tradition and many young people have been involved in the Projects over the years.
I am proud of the Wyvern all year round but never more so than in August when, for the past 20 years, we have staged Summer Youth Project,” said Theatre Director, Derek Aldridge.
“200 local young people come together for two frenetic weeks to stage a full musical. Both on stage and backstage these extremely talented youngsters create a magical experience every summer and prove what can be achieved through teamwork.”
The 20th Anniversary Production of Bugsy Malone will run at the Wyvern Theatre from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 August. To book tickets, or for more information, visit swindontheatres.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481.
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