Love Lies Bleeding - a world premiere by Jamila Gavin

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

 

 

 

The Jungle Book

 

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.

Remember, Remember


REMEMBER, REMEMBER

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!

 

Robin Hood

ROBIN HOOD

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. 

 

 

 

Burke and Hare

BURKE AND HARE

Dramaturg: Tobias Smith

How many times can one actor get killed during one performance? Find out in this brand new comedy based on the infamous tale of William Burke and William Hare. The murderers who sold their victims' corpses for anatomical research get the Jenny Wren treatment - three actors playing all parts and maybe, just maybe, stretching the truth. Quite a lot. In fact, Burke and Hare has a hysterical, rather than historical, basis. From the company that brought you The Hound of the Baskervilles, Oliver Twist and, most recently, Twelfth Night, expect many murders, many men called William and many more accents.

“You know you’re in for a treat with Jenny Wren” – Cotswold Life

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 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.