Let’s get the show on the road...

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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.

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