Winner: Scotsman Fringe First for Outstanding New Production
Written by Douglas Maxwell. Directed by Ben Harrison.
One of The Observer’s Top 10 Theatrical Events of the Year (2000).
July 2000 – Aug 2002
First performed in July 2000 at Brodie Park, Paisley & then toured Scotland, including Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2001, toured England in co-production with The Almeida Theatre, London and then visited Belfast Festival and Cork Festival Fringe and, in 2002, Dublin with Draiocht in Farmleigh Estate.
When returning to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2001, it was part of the British Council Showcase, following which it went to the Cork Fringe (now Midsummer) Festival and Belfast Festival at Queen’s. In 2002, we had the privilege, supported by Draíocht Arts Centre, to perform and stay in Farmleigh Estate, Dublin, the former Guinness family home and now where the Irish Government house visiting heads of state.
We remounted Decky in 2010 for a three and a half month tour of Scotland and England, celebrating its tenth anniversary. More detail about the 2010 cast and tour can be found in the Decky Does a Bronco 2010 section of Past Productions.
In brief: It’s the summer of 1983, and school’s out. Five lads act out their dreams and fears in their local playground in Scotland. Their game, known as “broncoing”, is fast, furious and all about machismo.
Although the manhood for which Decky and his mates are waiting seems a long time coming, little do they know how suddenly and abruptly it will be forced upon them.
A compelling tale of childhood innocence and the perilous passage into adulthood.
Decky Does a Bronco was supported by Cork Festival Fringe, Belfast Festival at Queens, Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin and The Almeida Theatre, London.