The Devil & Billy Markham
Director: Jenine Collocott
Written By: Shel Silverstein
Featured Artists: James Cairns
Gambling with the Devil is such a bad, bad idea. But Billy Markham – he’s been on the scene for years, he’s been cut and bled a thousand times, and his eyes are wise and sad – hell, he ain’t afraid to roll them devilish dice. “If you’re lookin’ for some action, friend, well, I’ve rolled them dice before.” What happens next is an epic tale of Faustian proportions superbly recounted by JAMES CAIRNS directed by Jenine Collocott – the team behind The Old Man & the Sea and The Snow Goose.
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What did the critics say :
Artsmart – “James Cairns puts in a stellar performance in performing this one-hander. The Devil & Billy Markham is an outstanding production and features a tour-de-force performance by James Cairns.
The Herald – Director Jenine Collocott and actor James Cairns make a helluva meal out of The Devil and Billy Markham, an epic poem in iambic pentameter by the late Shel Silverstein.
The story also has more down-and-dirty twists than the devil’s tail itself and although the plot heads in unexpected directions, I can tell you that it travels to hell and back, via heaven and earth, in the space of just over an hour.
The Critter – Cairns has mastered the one-man storytelling show; he’s a master manipulator of his voice, face and body in creating a handful of distinctive characters who pull us along for the ride (this time via hell, and heaven too). The Devil & Billy Markham is no exception. No doubt there’ll be a few Long Table debates on whether you loved him more in Dirt, or El Blanco (also here at NAF), or now as the wretched Billy. Cairns’ storytelling is engaging and entertaining. Jenine Collocott’s directing crafts the pace, the tension, the pathos.