Twenty years ago, the first three Sheep Chronicles musical shows written by Lesley Ross and James Williams were commissioned by Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival and thoroughly enjoyed by many families.
Since that early success in Cardiff, the shows have been performed all over the UK and adapted into audiobooks available for the world at large. Sheep Chronicles alumni include Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), Colin Salmon (Eastenders), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty, Guilt) and Tony Maudsley (Benidorm, Coronation Street) as well as many award-winning stars from the West End.
Now, the three local women who created the first Super Sheep, Sharon James, Sarah Bawler and Amy Brooks, are returning to Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival this June to recreate the roles of Billie Sheep, Suzy Jo Sheep and Moo Moo Sheep in a one hour special of narration and songs – Jack and the Beans Talk and Other Super Sheep Tales.
Joining them will be recent RWCMD graduate Caitlin Ware as Shadwell, the leader of the Supersheep. This hour of musical mayhem is to be directed and narrated by Bo Peep, played by long-time Butlin’s Pantomime Dame Greg Ashton.
Writer Lesley Ross said: “It is an honour to see the sheep back where they were created, especially as it is the 40th anniversary of the festival. As Bo Peep would say – It’s truly fablass!”
Sharon James, who plays Billie, the first of the Sheep to appear in the festival, simply said: “Baaah!”
Jack and the Beans Talk and Other Super Sheep Tales by Lesley Ross and James Williams will be performed at the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival in Sophia Gardens on June 24 at 11am and June 25 at 11am and 2pm.
Tickets are available via https://cardiffopenairtheatrefestival.co.uk