The Hound of the Baskervilles

Jenny Wren Productions Ltd presents

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson

"Holmes, this is no time to panic."
"Goodness me, Watson, this is the perfect time to panic!"


Like a dog with a bone, Jenny Wren Productions' highly acclaimed and entirely irreverent version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tail The Hound of the Baskervilles returns! Three actors work like dogs to play all the characters in this fast-paced, barking comedy that will leave you howling with laughter! Our heroes Holmes and Watson show dogged determination as they take on the terrier-fying case of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Their investigation leads them to follow the scent of escaped convicts, country yokels and suspicious-looking men (and women) with suspicious beards, and to pick bones with some of the more eccentric members of the Baskerville pedigree.

We’ll try not to make a dog’s biscuit of it, as we’re hoping for a round of appaws at the end.

"Yes, writers Steven Canny and John Nicholson, aided and abetted by director Jenny Wicks and her wonderful Jenny Wren Productions company, have stolen Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic story and beaten it about the head with humour" Cheltenham Echo.

 

Oliver Twist

OLIVER TWIST

By Jeremy Brock

‘The scene, the workhouse; the time, night; and the place, that cruel hole where miserable drabs gave birth... A boy was born there… I speak of one named Oliver Twist.’

An innocent boy falls in with a gang of ruffians in a dog-eat-dog world… but enough about the actors! Dickens’ classic tale of poverty and pick-pocketing, privilege and prosperity is given the Jenny Wren treatment, as a small but perfectly formed cast unravel the secrets of Oliver’s past, portraying all the colourful characters he meets on his perilous path. Expect laughter and tears, surprises and fears; but not Lionel Bart’s musical – we can’t sing!

Previous Jenny Wren Productions include A Child in the Forest, Around the World in 80 Days, The Pickwick Papers and last year’s Brief Encounter. What’s that you say? You want some MORE…? Well, look no further – ‘Oliver’s in town’.

Praise for previous Jenny Wren Productions: “Humorous and poignant, comic and tragic… a great night out” Joyce Matthews, Gloucestershire Echo

 

 

 

Brief Encounter

Noel Coward's

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Adapted by Emma Rice, of Kneehigh Theatre Company

"I've got something in my eye."
"Please let me look. I happen to be a doctor."

Local theatre company seeks audience for evening of entertainment under the stars. Chance meeting between sickeningly beautiful couple (in that 1940s way) leads to brief but all-consuming affair of the most romantic kind. Meals out, cinema, messing about in boats and good old British afternoon tea with cake guaranteed - for them, anyway. All played out in a railway station tea room under the watchful, or rather, nosy, eyes of an ensemble of larger-than-life staff, armed with sparkling wit and even a song or two.

Jenny Wren Productions bring Milford Junction Tea Room and Noel Coward's classic love story to an open-air venue near you. Previous productions include A Child in the Forest, Around the World in 80 Days and last year's The Pickwick Papers.

Chair or blanket, picnic, tissues (if you are so inclined) and GSOH required.

"Humorous and poignant, comic and tragic... A great night out."  (Gloucestershire Echo)

 

 

Out of the Mist

 

Jenny Wren Productions, in association with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, present

OUT OF THE MIST

by Alan Tyson

Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies College

'Time was when seafarers’ lives were in the hands of God… but beyond all human aid.’


Based on true events, Out of the Mist dramatizes the history of the RNLI. A tale of pluck, poignancy and peril on the seas.
A tribute to, and in aid of, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The Pickwick Papers

THE PICKWICK PAPERS 

By Doc Watson, adapted from Charles Dickens

Members of the Pickwick Club… Welcome to you all! In this year of Charles Dickens’ bicentenary, Jenny Wren Productions bring you an action-packed adaptation of his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. We invite you to join the jolly Mr Pickwick and his friend Mr Winkle as they journey around the English countryside. Warning: along the way, you may find yourselves embroiled in a series of adventures, accidents, and altercations – there will be fights, chases, elopements and even, if you’re not careful, a prison stay. All the classic characters will be there – cheerful Cockney Sam Weller, comic villain Mr Jingle and sleepy Joe, aka ‘Fat Boy’.

"Stagecoaches are unsettling in all directions, horses are bolting, boats overturning and boilers are bursting... Today my travels begin."

Funny Boy

 

FUNNY BOY

By Tobias Smith

Jenny Wren Productions return to the Everyman Studio Theatre with Funny Boy, a new play developed from last year’s The Pygmalion Project.


Set in 1969, in the stable of a large country house, this is a modern take on an old story about status, society and success. Mother and son sneak separately to the stable for a secret cigarette. The stable is home to a promising young racehorse, cared for by two women who love and cherish him as the mother loves and cherishes the son. Many hopes lie on the son and the horse, but can they be fulfilled? Is success dependent on fame and breeding?

“I'm the greatest star, I am, by far, but no one knows it.”

The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs

THI SINGULAR LIFE OF ALBERT NOBBS

By Simone Benmussa, translated by Barbara Wright


"A strange life his was, and mysterious – mysterious, because when he died, we learnt that Albert was a woman."


1860s Dublin. Albert Nobbs is an apparently unassuming and exemplary waiter in a large hotel. However, he is harbouring a secret that remains largely undiscovered until his death: he is actually a woman, posing as a man in order to obtain work and avoid destitution. But this leads to destitution of a more personal kind, as ‘Albert’ can only stumble through life, wondering ‘what if…?’ until a chance encounter with a fellow ‘perhapser’ leaves ‘him’ clinging to unrealistic dreams of domestic happiness.