Jenny Wren Productions is a Gloucestershire-based theatre company, formed in 2004. In the summer we can be found performing under the stars at open-air venues around the county, including Cowley Manor, Highnam Court near Gloucester and the Tuckwell Amphitheatre in Cheltenham. The autumn usually takes us on another tour of the county and sometimes further afield, often to village halls and smaller theatres. We have strong links with the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and also perform there regularly in the Studio Theatre. We tour schools with Theatre in Education projects such as Dr Korczak's Example, about the plight of Jewish orphans during World War II, and Paved with Gold, about children working on the streets in Victorian London.
The company comprises a pool of around 30 actors, director, designer and musicians. We work hard and have built up a good following. We have also raised money for charities including the Pied Piper Appeal at Gloucester Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. And, most importantly, we have a lot of fun!
We hope to see you at one of our shows some time soon.
Jenny and ‘the Wrens’
Exciting news for 2018!
Jenny Wren Productions have teamed up with award-winning Stroud-based author and playwright Jamila Gavin (whose novel Coram Boy was adapted for the stage and produced to great acclaim at both the Naonal Theatre and Bristol Old Vic) to present Love Lies Bleeding (working tle), a world premiere, which we will tour to local secondary schools and ﬁnish up with a run at the Everyman Theatre June 13-16.
This play explores the personal, polical, and domesc background to World War II as it aﬀects two young girls just entering adulthood. It dramases the issues and arguments that raged at the me; and the choices that had to be made where there was a conﬂict of interest. It is about friendship, betrayal, and divided loyales.
Love Lies Bleeding begins in 1939 with the declaraon of war and the impact that this has on the girls and the people around them. Having recently le school, the two girls, Gwen and Dodo share a ﬂat in London. As war breaks out, Gwen joins the WRAC, while star-struck Dodo is training to be an actress. Dodo, who soon ﬁnds herself entertaining the troops and factory workers, comes from a family of Nazi sympathisers and, as me goes on, ﬁnds herself being pulled in opposing direcons: where should her loyales lie? Maers come to a head aer Dunkirk when she is forced not only to choose between the two men in her life but also to make up her mind which side she is on.
Watch this space for further details...