Touching and tasty theatrical fare coming to venues around Banbury

A scene from Pure, one of the plays being performed by Mikron
A scene from Pure, one of the plays being performed by Mikron

Mikron Theatre Company makes a welcome stop around Banbury this month as their summer tour travels throughout the region.

Now in its 45th year, the company - which tours by canal and performs at venues often overlooked by other theatre groups - is coming to Aynho, Cropredy and Adderbury.

Mikron is touring two plays – Canary Girls and Pure. Written by Laurence Peacock and directed by Marianne McNamara, Canary Girls is a funny, heartfelt and tender story about two sisters seizing the opportunities offered to women by the outbreak of the First World War, and becoming shell-workers in the local munitions factory.

For sisters Rose and Lizzie, their new lives offer them money, independence, excitement and political awakeni – until they realise the danger of shell work and how their dreams of a new world are pulling them apart. With original music by folk superstars, O’Hooley and Tidow, Canary Girls is performed by four singing, instrument-playing, character-swapping actors.

Banbury has its own links with the story, with ‘canary girls’ having worked at the National Shell Filling Factory No.9 by Overthorpe .

Touring alongside Canary Girls is Mikron’s other new show, Pure is a story of many flavours about the business of chocolate.

The fast-paced plot zips backwards and forwards through the years, throwing up little-known facts and questions to ponder, all wrapped up in a package of live music and memorable characters. With two interwoven plots, 150 years apart, Pure examines the business of chocolate and asks if success always has a sweet smell.

Mikron Theatre has been touring its brand of ‘theatre anywhere for everyone’ for 45 years, in the spring and autumn by road, and in the summer months aboard their beloved historic narrowboat, Tyseley. This year is special for Tyseley as she celebrates her 80th birthday and her 41st anniversary of being the floating home to Mikron’s actors.

Canary Girls is being performed at 7.30pm at the Great Western Arms in Aynho on Wednesday August 17 at 7.30pm and at Wharf House, Cropredy on Friday August 19.

Pure is staged at The Pig Place, NB Acres, Aynho Road, Adderbury on Thursday August 18 and at Wharf House, Cropredy on Saturday August 20.

Call 07892 879447 for more.