Matthew Payne returns to the North Okanagan with his one-man show Cariboo Buckaroo at the Enderby Drill Hall Tuesday

Matthew Payne returns to the North Okanagan with his one-man show Cariboo Buckaroo at the Enderby Drill Hall Tuesday

Buckaroo’s back with historical tales

Saddle up as Victoria’s top alternative theatre company, Theatre SKAM, returns to the B.C. Interior with the play Cariboo Buckaroo.

  • Oct. 2, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Saddle up as Victoria’s top alternative theatre company, Theatre SKAM, returns to the B.C. Interior with the play Cariboo Buckaroo.

Last seen at O’Keefe Ranch in 2010, this present tour brings the show to the Enderby Drill Hall, Oct. 11.

Brought to life by the company’s founding member Matthew Payne, the play is the true tall tale of an 1864 cattle drive as it makes its way north to the goldfields.

“I took a look at the Cariboo-Chilcotin history I was never taught and found some of the most exciting stories you’ll ever hear,” said Payne, who is originally from Quesnel and stars in the one-man show.

Payne and Theatre SKAM developed the piece in the summer of 2009, in partnership with the X’eni Gwet’in First Nation, making stops at community halls, First Nations historical sites, and private guest ranches throughout the Interior.

Exploring three rarely told actual events in the history of the Cariboo-Chilcotin region, the show follows the vaqueros driving the beef train north as they encountered plenty of hardship, a little magic and surprise, and plenty of beans.

“We’re very excited about expanding the touring of this show. Being able to share the play with the smaller communities of B.C.’s Central Interior has been on our wish list since we first created the show two summers ago,” said producer Allison Bottomley.

Cariboo Buckaroo is suitable for all ages and Payne says it’s best with at least a few kids in the audience.

Presented by the Enderby museum, the Oct. 11 performance at the Enderby Drill Hall starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $13 per person or $30 for a family, available at the door.