Canal company celebrate 40th anniversary

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A performance company with a difference are due to arrive in Chichester next Saturday.

The Mikron Theatre Company from Yorkshire tour on a narrow boat, Tyseley, through the countries canals every summer for the past 40 years to perform in churches, halls, theatres and even fields.

After suffering from financial difficulty in 2010 and nearly closing down, the company decided to face their 40th anniversary with a return to their roots.

Hell and High Water is played by four actors/musicians who play dozens of characters throughout the play.

The story is set in 1761, when London suffered two earthquakes and the first boatload of coals travelled along the Barton Aqueduct to the Bridgewater Canal.

The play portrays the difficulty of meeting the countries demand for coal quickly and cheaply, and how with determination you can accomplish anything.

Mike Lucas, director of Hell and High Water and one of the founding members of the company, says: ‘This is such a special season for Mikron, being our 40th year, and it’s really great to be coming back to the subject of canals which has always been such an important part of our work over the years.’

The company is touring until October, alongside their second production, Beer Street.

The Mikron Theatre Company was formed in 1972 and perform all over the country with original music. They particularly focus on the act of telling stories about ordinary people who get caught up in historic events.

Tickets: £7.50 Donnington Parish Hall, Chichester (01243) 576701.