Touring news - May

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 1st May, 2017

The 306, Miss Meena, In At The Deep End, Great Train Robbery

The 306: Day tour starts 5 May – world première

The 306: Day is the second part of a new First World War trilogy written by Oliver Emanuel and composed by Gareth Williams.

Set in 1917, the stories are inspired by real events and first-hand accounts, with The 306: Day looking at the lives of three women having to face their own difficulties back home.

The cast is Amanda Wilkin, Angela Hardie, Dani Heron, Fletcher Mathers, Steven Miller and Wendy Sommerville with musicians Robert Irvine and Laura McIntosh. It is directed by Jemima Levick.

The 306: Day is presented by The National Theatre of Scotland, Perth Theatre, and Stellar Quines, in association with Red Note Ensemble. It visits Perth, Glasgow, Clydebank, Aberdeen, Dundee, Lockerbie, Galashiels, Ballachulish, Wigtown, Cove, Nairn, Arrochar and Fort Augustus.

Miss Meena & The Masala Queens – tour starts 5 May world première

Miss Meena & The Masala Queens will have a short tour between May and June.

Written by Harvey Virdi, this piece was inspired by the British Asian drag queen community and created in consultation with LGBTQ community.

It will be directed by Pravesh Kumar, artistic director of Rifco. Previous collaborations between Kumar and Virdi have include Meri Christmas and Happy Birthday Sunita.

Miss Meena & the Masala Queens opens at Watford Palace Theatre and then visits Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.

In At The Deep End – tour starts 6 May

In At The Deep End is a new play by Laurence Peacock about the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).

Theatre by the Lake former associate director Stefan Escreet directs a cast made up of James McLean, Craig Anderson, Rose McPhilemy and Claire Marie-Seddon. Music is composed and directed by Rebekah Hughes.

The play is set at Skipwick RNLI where things get stirred up when seventeen-year-old Shannon volunteers. Can Coxswain Darren and his teenage son Billy chart the choppy emotional waters?

It is presented by Mikron Theatre company who tour the UK via its inland waterways on a vintage narrowboat.

In At The Deep End visits Square Chapel Centre for Arts Halifax, Meltham Carlile Community Hub Holmfirth, RNLI Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station Lytham St Annes, Scarcroft Allotments York, Grimesthorpe Allotments Sheffield, Bolster Moor Coffee Shop (RNLI) Huddersfield, New Shoots Community Gardens Hesketh Bank, Overton Memorial Hall Lancashire, RNLI Scarborough Lifeboat Station Scarborough, The Poppy and Pint Nottingham, The Waterside Inn Loughborough, The Wycliffe Rooms Lutterworth, Wharf Inn Welford, The Moorings Northampton, The Admiral Nelson Daventry, The Old Rectory Northampton, Lionhearts Cruising Club Milton Keynes, The Globe Inn Leighton Buzzard, Horsenden Farm Greenford, Ickenham Village Hall Uxbridge, Forbury Gardens Reading, Fordingbridge Group of WIs - The Town hall Fordingbridge, RNLI Boathouse Minehead, RNLI Exmouth Lifeboat Station Exmouth, RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Station Selsey, RNLI College Poole, The Teapot Tearooms Faringdon, The Bounty Bucks, Wootton Wawen Village Hall Henley-in-Arden, The Rowbarge Reading, The Riverside Tea Garden @ Sonning Lock Reading, Waterfront Cafe Benson - EVENING Benson, Alcester War Memorial Town Hall Alcester, St Mary's Allotments Leamington Spa, Plough Inn Oxford, Bishampton Village Hall Pershore, Wharf House Oxfordshire, The Folly Napton on the Hill, The Weighbridge Alvechurch, Randwick Village Hall Stroud, Camp House Inn Nr Worcester, Coton Mill Gnosall and Marsden Mechanics Hall Huddersfield.

Great Train Robbery – tour starts 6 May

Devon based all-female theatre ensemble Scratchworks Theatre Company received the VAULT’s Festival Spirit Award this year for their fast, fun and fierce family show, Great Train Robbery.

Great Train Robbery looks at the four train robbers that were never caught and asks. what if they were women?

The show visits Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford, Brighton Fringe Festival, Darwen Library Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and The Beehive Arts Centre Honiton.

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