Reviewed by Leander McCormick-Goodhart for The Surrey Mirror
Gunfight at Coulsdon
It was shoot out time in Coulsdon on Saturday as the musical “Gunslinger”, wrapped up a successful run at the Theatre Workshop, with a cast of crazy Wild West characters bent on hell-raising and trail blazing.
Richard Lloyd as Speed, the Gun Slinger who finally makes good and is elected sherrif of “No Name”, acted his part with grim determination and a dedication to shooting at least half a dozen other actors.
A batch of fearful Indians was no match and they, too, succumbed after several bloody scalpings.
The attempted hanging of Speed outside the theatre just before the interval had the audience in the car park jeering and calling for blood.
Chris Woolgar put on a convincing performance as the quack preacher who carried an evil-looking bag from which he produced a severed head.
A number of the songs were sung with much virtuosity. However, at times the play faulted when solo performances lacked vocal strength.
A special commendation should go to “Wild Winnie Fifty Fingers”, Carol Baker, who tirelessly played at the piano throughout the whole show.
Much enthusiasm greeted the singing of Glory Glory Hallelujah and several encores were given.
In spite of it all, Speed had the final word for all the rioters on the streets today, when he said “You’ve got to reform, kids, or you’ll push up daisies.”
Colonel Conquest, US Cavalry
John Milton Speed, Gunslinger
Angel “Kid” McGrew, badman
Chief Black Moon, Indian Warlord
Belle Tenderloin, golden hearted tart
Longhorn Hank, cowboy
Buddy Bullpuncher, a cowboy
Dungaree Lil, cowgirl
Huckleberry Smith, barkeeper
Wild Winnie Fifty Fingers, Piano player
Little Thunder, Indian scout
Hardiman Crabbe, Quack preacher
Liberty Lou, Soul of America
Mr Colt/Mr Wells
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