HISTORY, humour and home truths are at the heart of Mikron's latest production.
The Marsden-based company opened their first night of a new 2006 season with a thoroughly entertaining look at the life of celebrated engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel - from the viewpoint of his wife.
And what a perfect setting at Standedge Warehouse, sitting above a canal tunnel and with the trains flying past the windows, almost to ram home what Brunel's contribution to our modern lives has been.
The production, Mrs Brunel, is a tale of relationships and how time can prove a healer, so long as everyone is allowed to hang on to his, or her, personal dream.
And there was no doubt that patience was a virtue for Mrs Brunel as her relationship, and those of her children, with her husband were perpetually put under pressure as life with a driven man chasing his dream proved more than a challenge.
However, that is not to paint this production as a gritty drama.
It is, but it is so much more with the latest cast of Mikron - Emilia Brodie, Daniel Wexter, Robert Took and Ruth Cataroche - playing it for laughs, as well as putting their point across.
And there are plenty of light moments in Mrs Brunel, from the subtleties of in-jokes between characters to the slapstick of the extraction of a coin from Isambard's throat by turning him upside down.
But perhaps what really made it a special performance were the songs.
In fact, the high spot was a song from a London dockworker taking his girlfriend to the waterside. She thinks he has romance in mind; he wants to show her Brunel's latest ship.
The double entendre and innuendo that follows is hilarious. In some ways it had to be seen to be believed - so go see it!