Mikron Returns to St Mary’s on August 8th

Waterbound players set to drop anchor in Warwickshire

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.”

In summer the company tour in their narrowboat, Tyseley, which was built in 1936

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

New Car Park

I’m sure everyone will have noticed the huge improvement to the car park. This old surface was particularly unsuitable for older and/or less mobile members getting from their car to their plot. The resurfacing project aimed to make gardening safe and accessible as the old surface was uneven with potholes and other obstacles

This would not have been possible without the support of the National Lottery who gave us a grant of £1Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.32.010,000 towards the total cost of £15,000 for the re-surfacing of the car park.
So our grateful thanks to Awards For All from the National Lottery for their invaluable support in this venture.  I’m sure we all appreciate their contribution.

We also planning to situate the allotment shop in the green car park huts so that it, too, will be more accessible for all. It’s hoped to make other improvements to this area over the coming months.


Mikron Triumphs Again

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Last Saturday a large audience were entertained by the Mikron theatre in the car park at St Mary’s Alllotments.  This year’s production was a tale of mystery and intrigue and took at delighted audience through the trials of creating the perfect fish and chips.

As always the four actors played multiple roles, and musical instruments, and theri quick changes kept the audience engaged throughout.

Before the performance the awards for the best new gardeners of the year were announced.  A tombola and refreshment teams were kept busy with the aim of raising finds for the resurfacing of the car park.

All in all a very successful afternoon.

Clcik here to see a gallery of pictures.

Mikron returns on August 8th

Britain’s most prolific band of roving actors The Mikron Theatre Company are stopping off in Warwickshire to present a savoury tale of fish and chips called ‘One of Each’ The show follows Sir Caspian Delamere’s mission to find the finest fish and chips in Britain.

One of Each (photo by Peter Boyd)
Left to right James McCLean, Ellen Chivers, Rachael Henley Steve McCourt

The performance  will be playing at 3pm on August 8th at St Mary’s Allotments in Leamington Spa. .

The troupe, who tour on a narrowboat, have 150 dates lined up this year which they will travel to by canal, river and road.

Writer Deborah McAndrew said: “It’s always a lot of fun writing for Mikron, but working on One of Each has been a real labour of love. Like most British people, fish and chips are full of nostalgia for me. Right up until the present time it’s still a Friday family treat, but more evocative are the memories of childhood holidays: walking down the promenade at dusk, the sound and smell of the sea and the wind cooling my supper.

“If heaven exists, that’s what it is – hot, salty, seaside fish and chips.”

Mikron, who have been producing their unique brand of theatre for 43 years, travel along canals and rivers, mooring up to play venues including a tunnel, pubs, cafes, living rooms, village halls, marinas and dry docks. They have covered an estimated 23,000 hours on canals and waterways, 440,000 road miles and performed to 312,000 people since starting out 44 years ago.

The cast of four unpack set, props, costumes, musical instruments and lights before bringing their characters, stories and songs to life.

One of Each pitches up at the allotments on August 8th at 3pm. No ticket is required but a cash collection will be taken after the show.

For more information call 07432 685 032 or visit www.mikron.org.uk