Based on the diaries of women on the famous 2000 mile Oregon trail, this play tells the tale of daleswomen Annis Hawker, her sister May and daughter Hope and the incredible journey they make from the lead mining communities of Northern England to the Wild West of America. Told with live music and dance as well as North Country's now famous wit and theatrical invention, the story moves from laughter to tears and back again as it takes the audience on an epic journey of the imagination.
Angeline Ashley 1852
May Buxton (her sister)
Hope Hawker (her daughter)
Written and Directed by
Wagon and Props Construction
Jaquie Wood, Gillian Howells
A short version of Home on the Range was first created as part of a schools project by Harrogate Theatre in Education - some 20yrs prior to this revival performance. The participating actors were Liz Humphry Williams, Penny Green and Angela Saville. Much of the background information was provided by Jim 'Tex' Garry and Lynne Simpson from Wyoming.
The first full length production was devised and performed by North Country Theatre in 1998. The orginal cast members were Suzanne Ellison, Jane Jefferson and Kate Redshaw.
For the 2009 production additional script was devised and the iconic North Country wagon made its first appearance.
Home on the Range 2009 Tour Schedule
Home on the Range 2009 Programme
Fran Steeples, Mark Whyman, RADS, Richmond Pentecostal Church, Richmond Operatics, Yorke House Antiques, David Morris, Morven Lawson, Oldham Coliseum, Steve Wass, Tim Culkin and Austin Lynch.