MIKRON Theatre Company has appointed its first female artistic director and is about to tour with a show which for the first time has been put together by an all-female team.
Marianne McNamara joined the Marsden-based company 10 years ago as an actor and toured onboard Mikron’s 1930s narrowboat, Tyseley.
Now in its 39th year, Marianne is taking over as the company’s artistic head. It’s a challenge she relishes.
“I am looking forward to the
challenges and opportunities immensely,” she said.
“This looks like a very auspicious time for women in the world of art and entertainment with Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first female director to win an Oscar.
“It is also the 40th anniversary of the equal pay act, an event celebrated in one of our new plays which we will be taking out on the road for the very first time in May.”
And to celebrate that new approach to women’s rights, the company has assembled a team of female writers, musicians and researchers to create Striking The Balance, a new show, something that perhaps would have been considered very unusual indeed 40 years ago.
Marianne is from Salford and began her training as an actor at Eccles College before taking a BA Hons degree in drama at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
She crossed the Pennines to join Mikron and spent two years touring with the company.
Since then she has been an integral part of the organisation and was previously joint artistic director.
Mikron’s new season opens at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on May 1 with Striking the Balance, a play which tells the story of how working women, supported by the TUC, had to fight all the way for equal pay.
“The play celebrates the successes achieved, often in the face of overwhelming odds, and reminds us that despite much having been achieved, for some the battle still continues,” said Marianne.