AFTER the success of the 1976 film, the author, Alan Parker, decided to write a ‘proper’ stage version of the musical, which he described as a tale of ‘gangsters, showgirls and dreamers’.

The show was written for child actors, and tells the story of events in Chicago during the 1920s prohibition era.

From the bluesy Bugsy Malone and I’m Feeling Fine numbers, through the jazzy Fat Sam’s Grand Slam and Bad Guys Song, to the lusty renditions of Down and Out, these young people sing their hearts out. An on stage trio expertly accompanies the singing.

Direction is in the capable hands of Viccie Dougall.

Having come up through the ranks of KLT Juniors under the watchful eye of the late Heather Whyte, Viccie recently graduated from Liverpool Hope University with an honours degree in drama and theatre studies.

She has appeared in many junior and senior plays, and this is her directorial debut for our theatre.

Also with much experience in the junior ranks is Tessa Sawyer who, along with Viccie has led the choreography for the dancers.

The title role of Bugsy, a one-time boxer, is played by Patrick Smith.

The two ladies in his life, and rivals for his affection, are Blousey Brown, played by Olivia Buckley, and Tallulah played by Ruth Plant.

Fat Sam, Henry Owens, along with right hand man Knuckles, Zana Grassby, and Dandy Dan, Alistair McGinnis, are also rivals of a different kind and are in constant danger of being ‘splurged’.

There will be a charity performance on Monday, July 2, in tribute to Heather Whyte who died earlier this year.

For 30 years Heather was a mainstay of KLT Juniors and much loved by all. She directed Bugsy several times in the past, so this is a fitting memorial to her. The charity we will be supporting is St Luke’s Hospice.

Performances are Monday, July 2, Thursday, July 5 to Saturday, July 7 at 7.30pm with a 1.30pm matinee on Saturday, July 7.

To reserve tickets call 01565 873515.