It’s 1895 and Annie Londonderry has returned victorious to America, hailed as the first woman ever to cycle around the world. She’s pioneering, she’s plucky, and she’s pitching her story to the men who run the newspapers.
From the infamous wager that set her journey in motion, to her freewheeling adventures with captains, cowboys, and customs officials, Annie just knows her tales will spin readers into a frenzy.
But as she approaches rough terrain, and unexpected paths throw her off balance, can Annie regain her footing, or will she confront the past she left behind?
This award-winning new musical charts one woman's radical act and explores the lies we tell to escape ourselves.
Sophie Germain. Mathematician. Trailblazer. Woman.
Neglected by history. Until now.
The extraordinary true story of a forgotten genius explodes onto the stage in the premiere of this new musical.
Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, we bring Sophie's story to life through an ebullient pop-rock score, charting the highs and lows of a woman determined to succeed in a system not built to allow it. THE LIMIT celebrates one woman in science who can inspire anyone today.
Reviews for THE LIMIT include:
“A superbly-written and brilliantly-performed show. Maths has never been so exciting, or so vibrant.” ★★★★★ Fringe Guru
“Writers Freya Smith and Jack Williams establish themselves as sound creators of the musical theatre genre and combine a sharp and clever book with a score that is polished and catchy as hell.” ★★★★★ Within Her Words
“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we’re not hearing much more about this show and these writers in the near future.” There Ought To Be Clowns
*WINNER* of VAULT Festival's Origins Award for Outstanding New Work
*WINNER* of VAULT Festival's People's Choice Award
Bottle Cap Theatre was founded by Freya Smith and Jack Williams in 2012, with the aim of creating bold, new, accessible and thought-provoking musical theatre. We want to show that musicals can educate and politicise. We believe the arts can impact positively on everyone, and so we prioritise driving engagement with members of the public who are less likely to attend the theatre regularly. We build on this engagement by leading workshops with community groups and schools, which encourage creativity and increase participants’ confidence.
We want to change the minds of people who believe musicals are not for them. How do we do this?
By creating something that feels contemporary: something that they can relate to, through our music, our dialogue and our characters
By moving away from musical theatre tropes that can turn audiences off, such as singing every line for no reason or initiating an unjustified glitzy tap routine (that’s not to say we don’t personally enjoy these!)
By listening to feedback and regularly evaluating our approach
We want to give all of our audience members the opportunity to see someone like them on stage, which is why we prioritise working with actors and creatives currently underrepresented in theatre.
And finally, we aim to entertain. Our goal is for audiences to enjoy our productions, to feel inspired, to share their responses with those around them and to return to our future productions.
Our first show PART A was originally performed at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, where it had a sell-out run. The piece explores the highs and lows of a house party through observational comedy and a pop-rock score. PART A has been produced as one-off performances at The Actors Church (2012); The Roundhouse (2013); The Leicester Square Theatre (2014) and the Union Theatre (2015).
Reviews for Part A included:
“With some excellently written tunes and believable characters, this is a remarkable musical debut from this welsh company and if they continue to produce productions of this calibre they have a great future ahead.” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Beautiful harmonies... held the audience rapt. This six-piece ensemble deserved all the whooping and cheering they got from the audience; if this is Part A, when can we expect the next instalment?” ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks
“The house party you wish you were at. Jack Williams and Freya Smith are two composers that we really need to keep our eyes on.” ★★★★★ Musical Talk
"Part A repeatedly quotes Jean Paul Sartre’s ‘hell is other people’, but in this case, ‘other people’ have created something akin to musical theatre heaven. One of the most original and amusing pieces I have seen at the Fringe." ★★★★ EdFringeReview