Brief Encounter

Noel Coward's

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Adapted by Emma Rice, of Kneehigh Theatre Company

"I've got something in my eye."
"Please let me look. I happen to be a doctor."

Local theatre company seeks audience for evening of entertainment under the stars. Chance meeting between sickeningly beautiful couple (in that 1940s way) leads to brief but all-consuming affair of the most romantic kind. Meals out, cinema, messing about in boats and good old British afternoon tea with cake guaranteed - for them, anyway. All played out in a railway station tea room under the watchful, or rather, nosy, eyes of an ensemble of larger-than-life staff, armed with sparkling wit and even a song or two.

Jenny Wren Productions bring Milford Junction Tea Room and Noel Coward's classic love story to an open-air venue near you. Previous productions include A Child in the Forest, Around the World in 80 Days and last year's The Pickwick Papers.

Chair or blanket, picnic, tissues (if you are so inclined) and GSOH required.

"Humorous and poignant, comic and tragic... A great night out."  (Gloucestershire Echo)

 

 

12th Night

 

TWELFTH NIGHT

By William Shakespeare

Greetings from Illyria! Jenny Wren Productions invite you to join us on our jaunt into the land of Shakespeare. We promise an action-packed sojourn involving everything you’d expect from a group of actors of an evening – cross-dressing, a couple of fights and some drunken revels. Throw in a shipwreck, much unrequited love and a classic case of mistaken identity and your entertainment is complete. A small cast work their yellow cross-gartered stockings off to play all the characters between them – all for your diversion.

“Why, this is the best fooling, when all is done!”

 

The Three Musketeers

 

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

By Willis Hall from Alexandre Dumas

Mesdames et Messieurs! Jenny Wren Productions transporte vous à 17th century Paris avec The Three Musketeers, classique tale of D’Artagnan et ses amis.
Après a few scrapes, le jeune D’Artagnan est ready pour un challenge. He must voyage to Angleterre on an undercover mission of grande importance; to recover the Queen’s diamonds – quelle intrigue! He is aided par les trois Musketeers et la belle Constance – quelle amour! – but hampered by femme fatale Milady de Winter – quelle horreur!
Un story of sword-fighting, scheming, spying and secret rendezvous, this is action-packed fun pour toute la famille – quel spectacle!
All for one and one for all – will D’Artagnan save le jour?

 

The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs

THI SINGULAR LIFE OF ALBERT NOBBS

By Simone Benmussa, translated by Barbara Wright


"A strange life his was, and mysterious – mysterious, because when he died, we learnt that Albert was a woman."


1860s Dublin. Albert Nobbs is an apparently unassuming and exemplary waiter in a large hotel. However, he is harbouring a secret that remains largely undiscovered until his death: he is actually a woman, posing as a man in order to obtain work and avoid destitution. But this leads to destitution of a more personal kind, as ‘Albert’ can only stumble through life, wondering ‘what if…?’ until a chance encounter with a fellow ‘perhapser’ leaves ‘him’ clinging to unrealistic dreams of domestic happiness.

 

The Pygmalion Project

THE PYGMALION PROJECT

Devised by Jenny Wren Productions

"You have no idea how frightfully interesting it is to take a human being and change them into a quite different human being… It’s the most absorbing experiment I ever tackled."

Jenny Wren Productions take the Pygmalion model and give it a 2009 twist. The company that brought The Canterbury Tales and Dr Korczak’s Example to the Studio now recreate the story of Eliza and Higgins – with a few surprises thrown in. With all the wit, wordplay and wisdom of the original, The Pygmalion Project is a work in progress…

"I shall make a duchess of this draggle-tailed guttersnipe."

With apologies to George Bernard Shaw!

The Pickwick Papers

THE PICKWICK PAPERS 

By Doc Watson, adapted from Charles Dickens

Members of the Pickwick Club… Welcome to you all! In this year of Charles Dickens’ bicentenary, Jenny Wren Productions bring you an action-packed adaptation of his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. We invite you to join the jolly Mr Pickwick and his friend Mr Winkle as they journey around the English countryside. Warning: along the way, you may find yourselves embroiled in a series of adventures, accidents, and altercations – there will be fights, chases, elopements and even, if you’re not careful, a prison stay. All the classic characters will be there – cheerful Cockney Sam Weller, comic villain Mr Jingle and sleepy Joe, aka ‘Fat Boy’.

"Stagecoaches are unsettling in all directions, horses are bolting, boats overturning and boilers are bursting... Today my travels begin."

The Mysterious Gentleman

Jenny Wren Productions present

THE MYSTERIOUS GENTLEMAN

Written by Jarek Adams and directed by Jenny Wicks

John Nevil Maskelyne was a master magician. His illustrious career began when he exposed charlatan spiritualists in Cheltenham Town Hall. He then went on to create illusions that amazed Victorian audiences, and still astonish people today. But why did he explore dark magic? Were his powers supernatural? And who was the "Mysterious Gentleman" in black? This new production uses a combination of stage magic and theatre to tell the story of this Cheltenham-born showman.