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


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.

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.

The Canterbury Tales


Chaucer made modern by Phil Woods

Hot on the heels of their recent open-air tour of Sense and Sensibility, Gloucestershire-based Jenny Wren Productions bring Chaucer to raucous life in their Other Space debut. This fine band of merry fellows and wenches will stage a number of the Canterbury Tales in a variety of fashions. The Wife of Bath, the Reeve, the Miller and others will entertain you, outrage you and, at times, jolly well teach you a lesson. Although we do not doubt our audience's sound comprehension of Chaucerian English, we will perform in a modern-day lingo to make the great man a) proud and b) turn in his grave at different moments. A 'verray parfit' night out and a must-see for GCSE and A-level students.

"In its Studio Theatre debut the company... have transformed Chaucer's words into a raucous calvacade of modern day fables. Classrooms can make heavy weather of The Canterbury Tales, but with puppets, songs and a pocketful of slapstick they navigate the stories deftly into our times... Tuning them into modern ears can be a tall order, but one well met by the cast, directed by Jenny Wicks in a hugely entertaining and enjoyable production." Lystra Maisey, the Gloucestershire Echo





Sense and Sensibility

Jenny Wren Productions present

Jane Austen's


Adapted by Elaine Mitchell

The perfect start to the summer… Gloucestershire-based theatre company Jenny Wren Productions return with a dramatisation of Jane Austen’s classic novel. For the sensitive: laugh and cry as the star-lit night creates the perfect romantic setting for this story of siblings and secrets, suitors and society, sighs and sorrows… For the sensible: period drama about two sisters in dainty dresses and their eccentric acquaintances. 

"There was a big and appreciative audience who listened in rapt attention as the story evolved... there were numerous good things about this production and much to enjoy." Donald Hollins, the Gloucestershire Echo

The Importance of Being Earnest



By Oscar Wilde

From the company that brought you the sell-out Cider with Rosie in 2005 comes Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people”. Jack and Algernon earnestly attempt to be Earnest to woo their sweethearts and gain the approval of the formidable Lady Bracknell. Join Jenny Wren Productions for lashings of wit and cucumber sandwiches.

"More than a century after its premiere, the Importance of Being Earnest has lost none of its appeal. And on a balmy evening, Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners packed the open-air Tuckwell Amphitheatre. While fairy lights twinkled in the trees, the audience below wasn't disappointed with Jenny Wren Productions' slick performance... thanks to a refreshingly natural delivery, Wilde's wit was given room to breathe." Lystra Maisey, the Gloucestershire Echo


Cider With Rosie


By Laurie Lee, adapted by Nick Darke

“Never to be forgotten, that first long secret drink of golden fire, juice of those valleys and of that time, wine of wild orchards, of russet summer, of plump red apples and Rosie’s burning cheeks…”

Be transported back to the Gloucestershire of the 1920s and ‘30s and get lost in Laurie Lee’s tales of a village childhood. Recapture the magic of long summer days, the village school, carol singing in the snow, whispers of murder, and of course sharing that bottle of cider with a girl called Rosie…

"In the spirited hands of director Jenny Wicks, and with a very strong, attractive cast, Nick Darke's sensitive adaptation of Cider with Rosie brought out all of the contrasts of the much-loved novel by Laurie Lee, arousing hilarity, surprises and moments of poignancy in the audience." Kathy Davies, Stroud News and Journal, 27.07.05.

"We drove away dreaming of 'russet summer, of plump red apples and Rosie's burning cheeks." Donald Hollins, the Gloucestershire Echo

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