Mikron Theatre's Canary Girls flying high in Market Harborough
Now in their 45th year, Mikron Theatre Company make a welcome stop in Market Harborough on Friday 10th June as their Summer Waterways tour travels throughout the region. Appearing for the first time at Harborough Evangelical Church they promise to delight audiences with their energetic, fresh and original tales of the everyday people whose lives are changed by history. And this year is no different; 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 World War One, and becoming shell-workers in the local munitions factory.
For sisters, Rose and Lizzie, their new lives offer them money, independence, excitement and political awakening...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 has humour and pathos, romance and danger; all performed by a hugely talented team of four singing, instrument-playing, character- swapping actors.
Playwright, Laurence Peacock joins Mikron for the first time this year after he was selected from other hopefuls to undertake this commission, a challenge that he was excited to take on; "Researching the Canary Girls was absolutely fascinating. During WWI so much happened to change the position of women in such a short space of time. The only major problem I had was, how am I going to get ‘Trinitrotoluene' (TNT) into a song?" And you'll be able to see if he managed it on 10th June at Harborough Evangelical Church!
Mikron theatre have been touring their original brand of ‘theatre anywhere for everyone' for 45 years, in the spring and autumn by road, and in the summer months on board their beloved historic narrowboat, Tyseley. Excitingly, 2016 is a very special year for Tyseley as she celebrates her 80th birthday and her 41st anniversary of being the floating home to Mikron's actors.
Canary Girls tours the country from April to October 2016 alongside Mikron's other new show Pure - a delve into the business of chocolate.