TWO plays, four actors and miles of waterways to travel.
That about sums up the latest tour for Marsden-based Mikron Theatre Company but it all starts not on the water, but here on home ground in Huddersfield.
Mikron open this year’s tour at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Saturday, May 1, with the premiere of a new play, Striking the Balance, which marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction of equal pay for women.
Three of the company of four are familiar Mikron faces.
The new boy is Richard Loosemore who is excited to be returning to musical theatre as he has spent much time working in many other mediums since graduating two years ago from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
On stage he has played comedy and appeared in pantomime, but has also been heard on the BBC Asian Network’s radio soap Silver Street and shot a promotional film for Emirates Airlines.
Richard’s previous musical theatre credits have included collaborating with Ben Elton and Andrew Lloyd-Webber on their recently revamped show The Boys in the Photograph (formerly The Beautiful Game) in which he played the role of Ginger.
Adrian Palmer returns for his fourth year with Mikron and after those years aboard the company’s narrowboat Tyseley, on which the company tours the country’s waterways, he can claim to be an accomplished helmsman.
Rachel Cartwright decided that now she actually knows how to steer a 72ft narrowboat it would be foolish to let the opportunity of spending another summer on board Tyesley go by.
Rachel graduated from the Arden School of Theatre in 2000 and has lived and worked as an actress in and around the north ever since. Her work has been wide and varied from TV and small scale theatre to corporate video and role play.
She says her oddest job so far was appearing in a German pop video dressed as a giant baby.
Back too is Gemma Ryan, a native of Cumbria who trained at Bretton Hall. Previous credits include Of Mice & Men, Much Ado About Nothing, Animal Farm, Smile Theatre (Italy), Midsummer Night’s Dream and Poppy Pig, plus previous tours with Mikron.
Tickets from the LBT box office on 01484 430528.