Britain’s most prolific band of roving actors is to stage a tale of heroism on treacherous waters at an allotment site in Leamington Spa.
Mikron Theatre Company is stopping off in Warwickshire to present the play celebrating the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. The troupe will bring to life the gallant efforts of Britain’s coastal life-savers amid the plum trees and runner beans at St Mary’s Allotments, one of many unusual stops on a 150-date tour.
The family-friendly play, entitled ‘In at the Deep End’, is themed around the RNLI’s 200 years of saving lives at sea and is billed as a maritime tale of heroism and selflessness.
Mikron drew a record crowd on their last visit to the allotments, when the crowd lapped up the show from hay bales and plastic chairs in the car park.
The Yorkshire-based arts charity capped a fine year by winning the Art & Interpretation category in the 2016 Living Waterways Awards. Artistic director Marianne McNamara said: “I take the legacy of Mikron very seriously and our promise to make theatre everywhere for everyone.
“For 46 years Mikron has toured to places that other companies don’t, and that means we are often deep in heart of the countryside, with no venue nearby, or finding ourselves performing in the most unlikely of places – a boatyard, an allotment site, even inside a tunnel.
“And this year we will be adding youth hostels and lifeboat stations to the places we perform in. Our shows are often performed outdoors and for a majority of them you don’t even need to buy a ticket – we pass a hat around at the end.”
This summer Mikron, who have their own vintage narrowboat, will visit the allotments for the sixth year running as their marathon tour of England passes through Warwickshire.
They will also play at Alcester War Memorial Town Hall and Foundry Wood, also in Leamington Spa.
A spokesman for the allotments said: “We are delighted to welcome Mikron back to the allotments once more. “They do phenomenal work staging original, witty plays combining music and audience participation that can be performed pretty much anywhere, to anyone.
“We also look forward to welcoming both allotment holders and visitors to see the allotments in great form this summer as plants, flowers and trees burst into life.”
*In at the Deep End will be performed at St Mary’s Allotments on August 8 at 6.30pm. No ticket is required but a cash collection will be taken after the show. For more information and tour dates visit www.mikron.org.uk