READING residents have another reason to look forward to the long summer evenings with the return of the Mikron Theatre Company to Forbury Gardens on Sunday 25 June.
The Mikron Theatre Company have been touring Britain on their narrow boat, Tyseley, in the summer, and on the road in the Spring and Autumn for 46 years, having written 55 original shows, and performed over 47,000 times.
In At The Deep End, the second show commissioned by Mikron in 2017, is a maritime themed spectacle following the story of the Shipwick RNLI and the struggles of the station, with Mikron using maritime music and their innovative approach to performance to take the audience through 200 years of saving lives at sea.
Theatre director, Stefan Escreet is returning to Mikron for a second year after his successful show ‘Pure’ in 2016: “I’m really pleased to be asked back, Mikron is such a friendly family of people who are generous with each other and make really good work. The shows are so vital and so strong, and the combination of storytelling and music is endlessly fascinating to work on, so I’m looking forward to that and to finding out even more about the RNLI”
In at the Deep End has been written by Laurence Peacock, who is also returning for his second Mikron show, having penned the delightful ‘Canary Girls’ last year: “Returning to Mikron for a second year has been absolutely brilliant. It’s been a real privilege to get to know the people and history of the RNLI. My admiration only grows!”
Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services said:
“This is a great addition to the already busy summer schedule of events here in Reading. The performance at Forbury Gardens is a great opportunity for the people of Reading to see the works of the unique Mikron Theatre Company performing one of their originals.”
Attendance is free of charge, but a cash collection will be taken after the show, which is approximately two hours long. Those who hope to come along are recommended to bring a picnic, chairs and a blanket.
In at the Deep End tours nationally from April until October 2017 alongside Mikron’s other brand-new show Best Foot Forward – a hike through the history of hostelling with YHA (Youth Hostelling Association).
Notes for Editors
Useful link: https://mikron.org.uk/
In 2017, Mikron Theatre Company will embark on their 46th tour. This unique company travel around the country by the inland waterways on their vintage narrowboat, Tyseley, playing to approximately 150 venues this year!
Based in the village of Marsden, at the foot of the Yorkshire Pennines, Mikron Theatre Company annually contract a company of four actor-musicians and commission two shows with original music. The shows, routed in social and contemporary history, tell the stories of ordinary people caught up in big events, always in a way that is witty, fun and accessible.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.