Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Theatre company barges in on Henley

THE world’s only theatre company operating from a barge comes back to Henley in July with a one-night performance at

THE world’s only theatre company operating from a barge comes back to Henley in July with a one-night performance at the Eyot Centre in Wargrave Road.

Last year the theatre group played Losing The Plot, and were sponsored by the Henley Allotments Association. This year the company will entertain their open-air audience with Beyond The Veil — a tale of hives, honey and homicide.Billed as a “gentle comedy with larger-than-life characters”, Beyond The Veil is about the gardeners of Thistledale Allotments. After a year of shenanigans with the council, the allotments are safe, but the fragile peace of this idyllic setting is soon shattered when a body is detected. Detective Starkey, who has plenty of suspects but no motive, is advised by the allotmenteers to “talk to the bees”.

The script was written by Deborah McAndrew, who in a previous life played Angie Freeman in ITV soap Coronation Street. Marianne McNamara, Mikron’s artistic director, said: “Deborah is a beekeeper herself so it seemed like a natural choice. Of course, bees are in the news at the moment as they risk becoming an endangered species so I am hoping that the show will fire some people’s enthusiasm and help people to understand what vital little creatures they are.”

The performance takes place at the Eyot Centre on Thursday, July 18 at 7.30pm. There are no tickets, but a collection will be taken after the show.

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