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Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York


Pick Me Up’s production of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story – had audiences clapping, singing and dancing in the aisles as the energetic cast powered their way through the classic songs that have made the show such a massive hit.


Simon Radford – Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf in our 2014 production of Into The Woods – returned to give a truly stellar performance as Buddy Holly. One reviewer said “Simon oozes talent”, and the York Press said: “Simon Radford has the singing chops, the guitar playing, the Lubbock, Texas, accent and the combination of cheek, balls and uncompromising bullishness for the role of Buddy, his energy levels going up and up the more the show progresses.”

The show charts the story of the 18-month rise to fame of the rock and roll legend from his first hit with The Crickets, That’ll Be The Day, until his tragic death at the age of 22 on “the day the music died”.


It features Buddy’s greatest hits including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday, Oh Boy, Not Fade Away, Heartbeat, Rave On and Raining In My Heart.

Jess Gardham wowed audiences with a “stonking” version of Shout, George Wissen got everyone singing along in party mood with the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace, and Sam Hird as Ritchie Valens had eyes popping as he swivelled his hips through La Bamba.


Audiences roared their approval at the end for cast and band, led by music director Barbara Chan. 


August 5-12 2015


Book by 

Alan Janes


Music by

Buddy Holly


Directed by

Robert Readman


Musical Director

Barbara Chan



Claire Pulpher & The Girls


Lighting Design

Adam Moore


Sound Design

Ian Thomson


Hair and Make-Up

Sam Owen-Smith



Simon Radford


Cricket – Joe

Chris Mortimer


Cricket – Jerry

James Wood


Maria Elena

Steph Bolsher


Lead Hayrider, DJ KRWP,


Ryan Hirst


Hipockets, Clearlake MC 

Martyn Hunter


Radio Engineer, DJ KSP

Lewis Douglas


Cricket – Tommy

Sam Baxter


Vi Petty

Grace Winpenny


Norman Petty

Bryan Bounds


Apollo DJ, DJ WCLS

Conor Mellor


Ritchie Valens

Sam Hird


Decca Producer, Murray Deutch,

Jack Daw, British DJ, Clearlake MC

Craig Kirby


The Big Bopper

George Wissen


Marlena Madison

Jess Gardham


Mary Lou Sokolov, Hayrider, Frigo Girl, Snowbird

Hayley Bamford


Shirley, Hayrider, Frigo Girl, Snowbird

Claire Pulpher


Hayrider, Frigo Girl, Snowbird

Holly Surtees-Smith


Peggy Sue, Hayrider, Frigo Girl, Snowbird

Kelly Stocker






Barbara Chan


Guitar One

Neil Morgan


Guitar Two

Rhys Evans


Double Bass

Georgia Edwards



James Wood


Viola/Alto Saxophone

Jessica Douglas


Tenor Saxophone

Sam Johnson




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