Comedy and history at festival theatre shows

Mikron Theatre's production of Troupers
Mikron Theatre's production of Troupers

Brighouse Arts Festival has secured two theatre companies on its 2014 programme.

Mikron Theatre will perform “Troupers”, a celebration of WWI, while Talking Stock productions offer two one-act comedies called “Godfrey’s Last Stand” and “Give a Little Love”.

Tom Ratcliffe, event organiser, said: “Theatre groups are often difficult to find, especially ones prepared to perform in relatively small venues, but we have been very lucky in having two exceptional ones on the programme this year.”

Mikron is a small touring theatre company with a reputation for tackling large scale subjects and turning history into vivid and dramatic entertainment.

“Troupers” is set at a time when British entertainment is down on its uppers. 

Actor-manager Lena Ashwell (OBE) has a theatre but no audience. So she assembles a motley bunch of “turns” and books a tour with a difference. 

Her “Troupers” won’t tread the boards of Old Blighty but the muddy, bloody fields of France instead.

Mikron is performing on Saturday, September 20. Doors open at 7.15pm and the performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £11 and £9.

The offering from Talking Stock is altogether different and more light-hearted - two one act plays by Alan Stockdill.

“Godfrey’s Last Stand” is the story of Godfrey Shackleton, who has been a cricket umpire in the Yorkshire Dales League for half a century, but his big dream is to officiate an England v Australia match.

His chance comes thanks to a £3.2m lottery win, but his daughter Donna is certainly not bowled over by the turn of events.

“Give a Little Love”, which won the best play award at last weekend’s Glossop Partington One Act Play Festival, tells the story of four old school friends who meet up again after thirty years at a Bay City Rollers tribute concert.

Talking Stock will perform on Wednesday, September 17 at The Salvation Army Citadel. Doors open at 7.15pm. The performance starts at 7.30pm.

It will be a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets are priced £10.

Tickets are available at Harrison Lord, Simply Flowers, Ryecorn Wholefoods, Brighouse Library, online at or by calling 01484 718324.