Following their hugely successful touring productions of Get Well Soon and Revolting Women, the award winning Mikron Theatre are set to pays tribute to all the wartime women who pushed the door to opportunity firmly open in Vashti Maclachlan’s (Revolting Women, Mikron Theatre) new play All Hands On Deck: A Tale of Two Wrens.
New WRNS recruits Ginger and Lily, are looking for wartime adventure. Lily wants to serve on dry land, but Ginger is desperate to serve at sea – and the sailors can’t believe their luck! Full of dots, dashes, semaphore and song, Ginger and Lily find themselves in uncharted waters on a journey they’ll never forget.
The new play will start its national tour at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on the 13 April and then tour around the UK by road and river until the 19 October.
All Hands On Deck: A Tale of Two Wrens is directed by Mikron Theatre’s Artistic Director Marianne McNamara , designed by Celia Perkins, music composed and lyrics by Kieran Buckeridge with the music directed by Rebekah Hughes. The cast will feature Christopher Arkeston, Elizabeth Robin, Joshua Cosidine and Rachel Benson.
Playwright and former Mikron actor, Vashti Maclachlan, who penned last year’s ‘Revolting Women’ has had a great time steering the ship on All Hands On Deck. “It’s been a pleasure to write again for Mikron in its 48th year and an honour to shine a spotlight on the tireless women who gave their all to shape a Women’s Royal Navy Service fit for the future.” “I love Mikron’s theatrical style, lively and accessible, often with a social conscience. You laugh a lot at a Mikron play,“I’ve always been interested in the Wrens. They’ve been suggested as an interesting subject matter by a number of audience members who were related to Wrens. There are plenty plays about the war but not that many that explore women’s contributions to the war. It’s been fascinating to research their story and to celebrate their endeavours.”
In 2019, Mikron Theatre Company will embark on their 48th year of touring. Based in the village of Marsden, at the foot of the Yorkshire Pennines, Mikron Theatre Company The company are like no other. For starters, they tour for most of the year on board a vintage narrowboat, secondly, they put on their shows in places that other theatre companies wouldn’t dream of; a play about growing-your-own shown in allotments, a play about bees performed next to hives, a play about chips to audiences in a fish and chips restaurant, as well as plays about hostelling in YHA Youth hostels and the RNLI at several Lifeboat stations around the UK.
All Hands On Deck: A Tale of Two Wrens, will be touring nationally in the Summer alongside Nick Ahad’s new play about Butlins – Redcoats.
For further information on both shows please visit http://mikron.org.uk