The Jungle Book

 

Jenny Wren Productions present Kipling's

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Adapted by Elise Heaven and Jenny Wicks


Warning! Wild animals at large! Watch your back around the Cotswolds this summer as Jenny Wren Productions let wolves, tigers, bears, and even a python loose at a theatre near you. OK, so we’re monkeying around – this all-singing, all-dancing menagerie might steal your picnic but they won’t actually bite! You are in danger, however, of exposure to silly humour, slapstick and even some serious storytelling. Darker than Disney, closer to Kipling, this is The Jungle Book in all its gory glory – Good hunting all!

From the company that brought you Around the World in 80 Days, Twelfth Night and last year’s Robin Hood, The Jungle Book is ideal for anyone school-age, work-age and upwards.

There’s no business like monkey business…

"One of the funniest, quirkiest bundles of talent ever to lighten Gloucestershire’s doorstep" - Cotswold Life.

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

 

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.

 

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.

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

Robin Hood

ROBIN HOOD

By Joe Hackett 

“Beware outlaws! They are a plague, and a pestilence, and a blight.” 

None more so than Robin Hood: he’s bold, he’s brave, he’s keen (and he’s rather smug).  Jenny Wren and her Merry Men take on the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham in this new adaptation of Robin Hood. As he strives to win the Golden Arrow and the hand of the valiant Maid Marian, Robin and his motley crew entertain all the family with our own brand of action, adventure, astonishingly attractive actors and… appalling green tights.

From the company that brought you Oliver Twist, Around the World in 80 Days and last year’s Twelfth Night

It’s just Robin, and some men, and the forest… Perfectly delightful.