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, musicians, designers, stage managers, producer and director. Many of our projects have been funded by Arts Council England and with others we have raised money for charities including the Pied Piper Appeal at Gloucester Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Most importantly, we have a lot of fun!
We hope to entertain you soon at one of our lovely venues!
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 National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic) to present Love Lies Bleeding (working title), a world premiere, which we will tour locally, finishing up with a run at the Everyman Theatre June 13-16.
This play explores the personal, political, and domestic background to World War II as it aﬀects two young girls just entering adulthood. It dramatises the issues and arguments that raged at the time; and the choices that had to be made where there was a conﬂict of interest. It is about friendship, betrayal, and divided loyalties.
Love Lies Bleeding begins in 1939 with the declaration of war and the impact that this has on the girls and the people around them. Having recently left 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 time goes on, ﬁnds herself being pulled in opposing directions: where should her loyalties lie? Matters come to a head after 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...
2018's summer tour will be a quirky version of Jane Austen's Emma, adapted by Martin Millar and Doon MacKichan.
Further details to follow...
Exciting news for Jenny Wren Productions!
Our 2015 show Burke and Hare has been taken on by the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, who are producing the show this spring, both at the Watermill and on tour. They are developing our show and our script and we look forward to working with them and seeing the finished production!