Let’s get the show on the road...
CANAL-BASED drama group Mikron Theatre Company’s floating base Tyseley is pictured taking an unplanned journey by road, after an engine problem immobilised the 80-year-old former working boat just weeks before the start of this year’s tour of waterside venues.
The boat isn’t just a nice way for Mikron to get around the country, it’s an important part of the economics of how the company continues to operate on limited resources, otherwise the cast would have to stay in lodgings. So Tyseley needed to get to a boatyard quickly for the complete rebuild of the Russell Newbery engine that turned out to be necessary – along with a rewire of the engine room.
As we went to press, an appeal (backed by a sponsored hike by several company members and supporters – in keeping with the theme of one of their shows) had raised almost £2,000 towards the £10,000 cost of the work, and Mikron still hoped to have Tyseley in action again in time for the waterways tour.
This was due to begin at the end of May, with the company performing two shows this year: In at the Deep End – an RNLI story, and Best Foot Forward: a hike through the history of hostelling. See mikron.org.uk for full details.