Marsden-based Mikron Theatre Company plans to milk its latest production for all its worth – and for a good cause.
Its performance of Till The Cows Come Home, written by Huddersfield-born Deborah McAndrew, at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on
Saturday, October 4, will benefit the work of the Welcome Centre, a local charity that runs the area’s largest food bank.
It’s particularly apt that the company has chosen the play for its fund-raising show as the plot has food as its central theme.
Mikron, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and is currently based at Marsden Mechanics, is known for tackling important social and historical themes but Till The Cows Come Home takes a look at the personal journey of one man, Harvey Granelli, who decides to give up the safety of a council job to pursue his dream of making ice cream the way his Italian father once did. He discovers that times have changed and ingredients aren’t what they used to be and faces a choice – to make an inferior product or source the best ingredients from around the world.
Marianne McNamara, Mikron’s artistic director, explained how the fund-raising performance came about: “We read about the Welcome Centre in The Examiner and wanted to help.
“As Mikron is producing a show about food it seemed like a perfect opportunity to be able to raise some funds, but also raise awareness of the fantastic work that the Welcome Centre does.”
Emma Greenough from the Welcome Centre says the charity, based in Huddersfield Methodist Mission, is always looking for new and
creative fund-raising ideas to meet the ever-increasing demand for its services.
She added: “This year we expect to give out over 9,000 packs of food, toiletries, bedding and household goods to both individuals and
families. This looks like it will be a great night for all involved as well as providing much-needed support for those choosing between heating and eating.”
Till The Cows Come Home begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are from £6 to £12 from 01484 430528 or www.thelbt.org
There will be a post-show talk on the main stage, offering members of the audience a chance to ask questions about Mikron, and its unusual tours by waterway in its own narrowboat.
The playwright Deborah McAndrew, a former Coronation Street actress, will take part in the discussion.