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

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.

 

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.

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

 

 

 

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.