I love Mikron Theatre – such an innovative, interesting company that always puts the spotlight on unique topics that you normally wouldn’t see a play about.
This year the company is celebrating its 50th anniversary tour with the premiere of Red Sky at Night, Lindsay Rodden’s (Here, Northern Stage and Curious Monkey and The Story Giant, Everyman Theatre Liverpool) new play about the nation’s obsession with the wild and wonderful world of weather.
The show will premiere at the Marsden Mechanics Hall on 14th May, before touring by river and on the road right through until 21st October. Mikron Theatre travel to all sorts of unusual venues, from local theatres to fish and chip shops and everything in between! It’s a really interesting and unique concept that gives everyone an opportunity to see a new type of theatre.
Red Sky At Night follows Hayley, whose beloved dad was the nation’s favourite weatherman. Hayley is now following in his footsteps, to join the ranks of the forecasting fraternity. Or at least, local shoestring teatime telly. When the pressure drops and dark clouds gather, Hayley is melting faster than a lonely snowflake. She’s seen the future’s forecast, but will anyone listen?
Directed by Mikron Theatre’s Artistic Director Marianna McNamara, Red Sky At Night is set to be a captivating play all about the thing that captivates and mystifies us all: the weather.
The production’s cast will feature Thomas Cotran (Atalanta Forever, Mikron Theatre); Alice McKenna (Beauty and the Beast, Theatr Clwyd) and James McLean (Revolting Women, Mikron Theatre) and newcomer Hannah Bainbridge.
Red Sky At Night is designed by Celia Perkins (Raising Agents, Mikron Theatre and Dick Wittington, Oldham Coliseum), with music composed by Sonum Batra (The Railway Children, Hull Truck Theatre) and directed and arranged by Rebekah Hughes (Atalanta Forever, Mikron Theatre and Pride and Prejudice, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre).
Playwright Lindsay Rodden said: “Through an incredible half-a-century, whatever the weather, Mikron have travelled the country, chronicling our histories, our struggles, our passions and our lives. I am over the moon to write just one of these stories, and say Happy Birthday Mikron, fighting fit and fifty years young!
For further information on Red Sky at Night visit http://mikron.org.uk