The Canterbury Tales

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

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

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

 

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

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

The Firebird

THE FIREBIRD

By Blanche Marvin

A troubled empress has three sons and a kingdom to bequeath. Not only has she to decide which of her sons is the most deserving, but a bird is stealing the cherry blossom from all the trees in Japan. She orders each boy in turn to spend a night on watch. The eldest two fall asleep and fail, but the youngest is amazed to discover that the culprit is a beautiful and mesmerising firebird. The boy is transfixed by the firebird whose simple message of love brings about dramatic results. This timeless fairytale is brought vividly to life by a cast of local talent, performing Blanche Marvin’s version, which borrows richly from the Japanese tradition.