The Secret Story of Sammy Wise
Edinburgh Fringe 2022 welcomes back Woolly Sheep Theatre Company with this tale of truths, lies and secrets.
Sammy, an artist with a love of music, has a dark secret. While he sits in a London park a passer-by, Petra, asks what inspired him to paint his best-known work. However, he is mysteriously very reluctant to explain it.
Can you discover his story?
Does Petra have a secret of her own? Should she share her story in order to gain his confidence and get him to open up? What cost to her if she does?
Relive his musical journey to discover what all this means for him and for us.
With more than a passing nod to Tales of the Unexpected, this tale will challenge the audience to try and guess what lies behind Sammy's life and why he's where he is now.
Charlotte Fenton - grew up in a rural town in County Durham and began pursuing acting professionally at the age of 14 when she performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company. Roles include ‘Goddess’ in (The Tempest, 2014), ‘Juliet’ in (Romeo & Juliet, North West Tour) and ‘Bully’ in (Floppy Toast with Drippy Butter, 2021).
Charlotte received the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Film’ at the ODEON National Youth Film Awards, 2021 hosted at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square, London by the National Youth Film Academy.
Robin Herron - a long and illustrious career in all aspects of theatre, Robin's stage roles include Pardon me Prime Minister, Dad's Army (both as Frazer and Godfrey), Trivial Pursuits, See How They Run, Murdered to Death, Habeas Corpus, Under Milkwood, Fawlty Towers, Oh What a Lovely War, The Railway Children, Dan’l Peggoty in David Copperfield, Harry Baker in Come Blow Your Horn and Saul in Ghost Train.
Written by Robert G Wilson - Rob was born and educated in Gateshead before studying medicine at Newcastle University. On retirement one of Rob’s ambitions was to write and last year’s The D Day Dodgers: An attempt to right a wrong was his first play and debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a founder member of The Woolly Sheep Theatre Company along with Andrew, Peter, and Lez with their 2018 play Not Dead Yet! In 2019 The Good Boyfriend - was an exploration of relationships in the context of a murder mystery. This year he is back with The Secret Story of Sammy Wise - a tale of people, perspective and perception. As is customary now, in Rob's writing, music plays a key part in the piece.
Andrew Harrison - Producer/Director and renowned North East Theatre impresario Andrew also writes theatre reviews for @NETheatre ("anything for a free ticket and a drink"). Andrew has worked with a number of companies including - Whitley Bay Operatic Society, Whitley Bay Pantomime Society, Whitley Bay Theatre Company, Whitley Bay Gang Show, Tynemouth Operatic Society and The Castle Players, Barnard Castle, many of which asked him to come back and work with them again, so he must have been doing something right.
Andrew is a founder member of Woolly Sheep Theatre Company and has directed The D Day Dodgers: An Attempt to Right a Wrong, Not Dead Yet, The Good Boyfriend and The Secret Story of Sammy Wise for Woolly Sheep Theatre Company. With a keen eye for great direction and the ability to read, Andrew is fast becoming one of the top 10 Directors in Barnard Castle.
Lez Woodhouse - stage hand/technician/props and venue liaison, Lez was rumoured to be the inspiration behind TV show 'Breaking Bad' having been a Chartered Chemist for 39 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Sadly, due to excessive experimenting, Lez's memory isn't quite what it used to be, but he is a great contact to have for those boring Sunday afternoons.
Peter Cockerill - swing(er) Peter started acting in 2006 joining The Castle Players in Barnard Castle, Co.Durham. A former pub Landlord, the last 2 1/2 years have been spent acting full time, performing among other things as a supporting artist in ITV’s Vera, pantomime dames, Santa Claus and Elf and at Edinburgh Fringe last year in the sell out ‘D Day Dodgers’. His Bottom is still fondly remembered and he maintains that he was mentor and muse to many West End stars.
Woolly Sheep Theatre Company are returning to Edinburgh Fringe for the fourth time; the pride of Teesdale Theatre flying the flag for the North East. On at SpaceUK on North Bridge.
Tickets are available - https://bit.ly/3zBjEuk