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5:35 AM 20th July 2020

Mikron Theatre Company Reach Fundraising Target For 50th Anniversary Year In Less Than 3 Weeks

Yorkshire theatre company, Mikron Theatre, have announces that they have shot past their fundraising total of £48,337.49, which will help them to stage their 50th year of touring in 2021.

Artistic Director Marianne McNamara and Producer Pete Toon at Mikron's last live show in 2019. Photo by Mark Kelly
Artistic Director Marianne McNamara and Producer Pete Toon at Mikron's last live show in 2019. Photo by Mark Kelly
Mikron Theatre Company, who have been touring the UK’s canals, rivers and roads for the past 48 years, had to cancel their entire 2020 season due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but with help from their supporters and the general public they can now continue planning for next year’s exciting anniversary tour.

The company’s Artistic Director Marianne McNamara said:

“We cannot thank people enough. We are absolutely humbled by the support we have received. It is testament to not only how valued the company is, but also to the work we have done for the last 50 years. We've had letters and emails from all over the world; Texas, Catalonia and the Netherlands and of course every corner of the country from Cornwall to Cromarty, saying how much Mikron means to them and that they couldn't see us miss out on our 50th year of touring.”

"Every penny raised over the minimum amount we needed for the appeal will, of course, be used wisely, and carefully. We have Tyseley, our narrowboat to keep shipshape, and we will be able to continue our aims of developing new writers, directors and creatives for the future of Mikron and the industry as a whole."

Based in the village of Marsden, at the foot of the Yorkshire Pennines, Mikron Theatre Company are like no other. For starters, they tour for most of the year on board a vintage narrowboat, secondly, they put on their shows in places that other theatre companies wouldn’t dream of; a play about growing-your-own shown in allotments, a play about bees performed next to hives, a play about chips to audiences in a fish and chips restaurant, as well as plays about hostelling in YHA Youth hostels and the RNLI at several Lifeboat stations around the UK.

2021 will, with the success of this appeal, see Mikron tour two brand new shows; Amanda Whittington’s Atalanta Forever which tells the story of Women's football in the 1920s and Polly Hollman’s canine comedy caper A Dog’s Tale’.

Since they were formed in 1972 they have written 64 original shows, composed and written 384 songs, issued over 236 actor musician contracts, spent 30,000 boating hours on the inland waterways, covered 530,000 road miles, performed over 5060 times and performed to over 428,000 people

For further information on Mikron Theatre Company and the opportunity to donate visit www.mikron.org.uk/appeal.