By Jamila Gavin
Adapted by Helen Edmundson
At Gloucester Cathedral
Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th May 2019, 7pm
Jenny Wren Productions present a large-scale production of Jamila Gavin's epic tale of friendship and love, sacrifice and betrayal, parents and children, in 18th century Gloucestershire.
Alexander Ashbrook is heir to the magnificent Ashbrook Estate, but he would rather study music at Gloucester Cathedral and work with the composer, Handel. Otis Gardiner, a local tinker, is - unbeknownst to the Ashbrook family - using the Ashbrook Estate for some very dark deeds. Two young boys who have grown up in a London orphanage are sent out to work for the first time. Each of them is unaware that their lives are deeply entwined, and many secrets come to light as the drama unfolds.
Coram Boy was written by the Stroud-based author Jamila Gavin and won the Whitbread Children's Book Award. Don't miss the chance to see this incredible story performed in the very place where it is set, Gloucester Cathedral, by a large community cast and choir made up of adults and children.
Recommended age: 12+
Exciting news for Jenny Wren Productions!
Our 2015 show Burke and Hare was taken on by the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, who produced the show this spring, both at the Watermill and on tour. We worked with them to develop our show and our script, and it can be seen later this year, in November, at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. It is also being translated into German for a production in Munich!
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, a world premiere, which we will tour locally, finishing up with a run at the Everyman Theatre June 13-16.
Furthermore, we have recently been successful in our Arts Council England funding bid for this project, so we're very happy Wrens!
Tickets are now on sale for the public performances - and are limited, so don't delay!
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.
Museum in the Park, Stroud
Thurs 7th June, 7.30pm
Tickets £8 adults; £6 under 20s
Box Office: 01453 763394
Cheltenham Everyman Studio Theatre
Weds 13th - Sat 16th June, 7.45pm; Saturday matinee 2pm
Tickets £11.50; £10 concs.
Box Office: 01242 572573 / www.everymantheatre.org.uk
Jenny Wren Productions present Kipling's
THE JUNGLE BOOK
Adapted by Elise Heaven and Jenny Wicks
Warning! Wild animals at large! Watch your back around the Cotswolds this summer as Jenny Wren Productions let wolves, tigers, bears, and even a python loose at a theatre near you. OK, so we’re monkeying around – this all-singing, all-dancing menagerie might steal your picnic but they won’t actually bite! You are in danger, however, of exposure to silly humour, slapstick and even some serious storytelling. Darker than Disney, closer to Kipling, this is The Jungle Book in all its gory glory – Good hunting all!
From the company that brought you Around the World in 80 Days, Twelfth Night and last year’s Robin Hood, The Jungle Book is ideal for anyone school-age, work-age and upwards.
There’s no business like monkey business…
"One of the funniest, quirkiest bundles of talent ever to lighten Gloucestershire’s doorstep" - Cotswold Life.
By Holly Tonks
In the back room of a London pub, an unlikely group of men plot to overthrow King James I. We all remember, remember one of them; Guy Fawkes, the man with the big hat, dodgy moustache and explosive personality, but is he really the one whose effigy should be burnt every November 5th? Caught in the act, was he the real revolutionary, or the ringleader's puppet? Fast forward 400 years and Jenny Wren Productions investigate what it means to be the "Guy" everyone remember, remembers. This new play from the company behind The Hound of the Baskervilles and Burke and Hare is guaranteed to go off with a bang!
By Joe Hackett
“Beware outlaws! They are a plague, and a pestilence, and a blight.”
None more so than Robin Hood: he’s bold, he’s brave, he’s keen (and he’s rather smug). Jenny Wren and her Merry Men take on the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham in this new adaptation of Robin Hood. As he strives to win the Golden Arrow and the hand of the valiant Maid Marian, Robin and his motley crew entertain all the family with our own brand of action, adventure, astonishingly attractive actors and… appalling green tights.
From the company that brought you Oliver Twist, Around the World in 80 Days and last year’s Twelfth Night.
It’s just Robin, and some men, and the forest… Perfectly delightful.