Super trouper Lena led an arts attack

A touring production marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will stop off in Leyland next month.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 22nd September 2014, 6:00 pm

Mikron Theatre Company presents ‘Troupers’ at Leyland Historical Society in the Civic Centre, West Paddock, on Monday October 6.

Set in 1914, the play finds British entertainment down on its uppers.

A loss of appetite for frivolous pleasures and a dearth of young men finds actor-manager Lena Ashwell with a theatre but no audience.

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A passionate advocate of ‘art for all’ and determined to do her bit, she assembles a motley bunch of ‘turns’ and books a tour with a difference.

Her Troupers won’t tread the boards of Old Blighty, but the muddy, bloody fields of France.

A little-told story of the Great War, Troupers brings to life the amazingly audacious Concerts At The Front; a hitherto unsung war effort that’s full of guts, gusto and greasepaint.

Troupers is an exciting new project for Mikron, telling the little-known story of real life female impresario Lena.

Marianne McNamara, Mikron’s Artistic Director directs said: “By telling Lena’s story we are telling the story of the place the Arts had, and still have, in a struggling society.

“We are interested in having a central character who is female, at a point in history often told from a male perspective.

Tickets cost £10, call 01772 641604.