Paved With Gold: The Street Child's Tale

PAVED WITH GOLD: THE STREET CHILD'S TALE

by Holly Tonks

 

“Morning Chronicle! Get your Morning Chronicle here!”

Victorian London. A newspaper boy eagerly awaits the latest instalment of London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew. Henry and his brother Augustus Mayhew toured the streets of London during the late 1840s interviewing the people who lived and worked on the streets. Paved with Gold focuses on the plight of the children – introducing us to such real-life characters as the Crossing Sweep, the Pickpocket and the Watercress Girl; “I ain’t never seen no children cry – there ain’t no use”. Blending puppetry and verbatim theatre, the interviews are entwined with the Newspaper Boy's story to tell of the glimmers of hope and tragedy genuinely experienced by these children. Suitable for ages 9 and upwards. Sponsored by the Everyman Theatre Education Dept. and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Around the World in 80 Days

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

By Mark Brown, adapted from Jules Verne

“I shall bet twenty thousand pounds… that I will make the tour of the world in eighty days or less. That is, in nineteen hundred and twenty hours, or one hundred and fifteen thousand two hundred minutes.”

The punctual and particular Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant Passepartout race against the clock with the incompetent Detective Fix hot on their heels. Typhoons, runaway trains and a terrifying Apache tribe are amongst the tribulations they encounter as they travel to exotic and far-flung corners of the world – Suez, Singapore and San Francisco to name but a few. Join Jenny Wren Productions on their slightly more local journey as they tour around the open-air venues of Gloucestershire in a few less than 80 days. 5 actors play 39 characters in this fun-packed, fast-paced, family-friendly adventure from the company that brought you The Three Musketeers and A Child in the Forest.

 

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 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?

 

Dr Korczak's Example

 

DR KORCZAK'S EXAMPLE

By David Grieg

“If it weren’t for you, Dr Korczak, and for the home, I would never have known that there are honest people in the world. That I can tell the truth. That there is justice.”

Jenny Wren Productions return to the Studio with the haunting tale of Dr Janusz Korczak and the children he cared for. Korczak was a good man who ran an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, amidst the horror and injustice of the Nazi occupation. He influenced not only the lives of hundreds of orphans, but his writings also became the basis for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Based on a true story, David Greig’s beautiful play will uplift and inspire, just as Korczak did, even through the terrible reality of their situation. With its use of Brechtian techniques and puppetry, this production is ideal for secondary school pupils, but thought provoking for all.

“I’ve trained them well. For a perfect world. How will they survive this one?”

A Child in the Forest

A CHILD IN THE FOREST

by David Goodland from Winifred Foley

"Wild, sweet days, spent in a small mining village in the Forest of Dean... Before the motor car had taken over from the horse and cart and before they built the Severn Bridge."

The true story of Winifred Foley's Forest of Dean childhood: The daughter of a miner in times of strike, poverty was rife, but this is a tale of fond memories, of family and friends and a girl with a lust for life and a strong sense of fun. Follow Poll as she grows from the girl wearing too-big bloomers, being chased by a bull and praying Father Christmas would bring her a doll, until her departure to work in service. A Child in the Forest evokes the innocence of a bygone era and the idyllic surroundings without forgetting the hardships and hunger.

'Jenny Wren Productions put on a jolly and entertaining show... Humorous and poignant, comic and tragic, this was a great night out and praise must go to all the cast, especially the younger members.' Joyce Matthews, Gloucestershire Echo, July 2009.

 

A Servant of Two Masters

'Fawlty Towers meets Shakespeare' in Jenny Wren Productions' 2008 summer show. The company that brought you Cider with Rosie, The Importance of Being Earnest and Sense and Sensibility now present a tantalising new local adaptation of Italian classic A Servant of Two Masters.

Ingredients:
One servant

                  Two masters (one posing as her dead brother)
One bride
Two suitors

Mix them all together and you’re in for a sizzling hotpot of wooing, drooling and duelling – right here in Gloucestershire. Feast your eyes on this.