Theatre show on at marina

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A show set against the backdrop of the First World War will be performed at Braunston Marina later this month.

The show called Troupers is to held on Saturday, June 28 and starts at 5pm.

Troupers is set in 1914 and British entertainment is down on its uppers. A loss of appetite for frivolous pleasures and a dearth of young men finds actor-manager Lena Ashwell with a theatre but no audience.

A passionate advocate of ‘art for all’ and determined to do her bit, she assembles a motley bunch of ‘turns’ and books a tour with a difference.

Her Troupers won’t tread the boards of Old Blighty, but the muddy, bloody fields of France.

It has been produced by the Mikron Theatre Company who are touring with the show across the country. It marks the centenary of WW1, by telling the little-known story of female impresario Lena Ashwell.

The company tells the story of the little person caught up in the big events. Lena Ashwell was a woman who fought for the arts at a time of economic uncertainty when theatre was seen as a frivolous luxury.

Marianne McNamara, Mikron’s artistic director and the director of Troupers, said: “By telling Lena Ashwell’s story we are telling the story of the place that the arts had, and still has, in a struggling society.

“I’m also aware that there will be a lot of companies marking this important centenary, we are really interested in having a central character who is female, at a point in history which is often told from a male perspective, and a story about those who entertain and enrich the lives of our service men and women and how that started out.”

Tickets for the show cost £10 and can be booked by calling the marina on 01788 891373 or by visiting www.braunstonmarina.co.uk.

For further details on Mikron, visit www.mikron.org.uk.