Show celebrating 100 years of WI comes to Leyland

Mikron Theatre Company cast members Ellen Chivers, James McClean, Steve McCourt and Rachael Henley
Mikron Theatre Company cast members Ellen Chivers, James McClean, Steve McCourt and Rachael Henley
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The Mikron Theatre Company is marking 100 years of the Women’s Institute with a special show in Leyland.

Mikron is the only company touring throughout the summer by narrowboat, travelling along canals and rivers, and mooring up at canal-side venues; such as pubs, village halls, marinas and dry docks.

The cast of four unpacks sets, props, costumes, musical instruments and lights and, as the audience gathers, conjure up a variety of characters, stories and songs.

Now the tour switches to the road and indoors venues for the autumn months and will be in Leyland for one night only, on Monday October 5, hosted by Leyland Historical Society.

Writer of ‘Raising Agents’ Maeve Larkin, has teamed up with the National Federation of the WI, which gave her access to the archives to help with uncovering the stories and characters in the WI’s rich history.

Raising Agents full of wit and wisdom, big characters and small details. The show will has a strong musical element, and the original music has been composed by female duo, O’Hooley and Tidow.

It tells the story of Bunnington WI, a branch that is a bit down-at-heel. Dwindling membership means they can barely afford the hall, let alone a decent speaker.

So when a PR guru becomes a member, the women are glad of new blood.

Above all else, like the WI itself, Raising Agents is a story of friendship.

The show will be performed at the Civic Centre in West Paddock, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 from calling 01772 641604.