Drama amid the jam and Jerusalem in play celebrating WI

Raising Agents (l-r) Ellen Chivers James McClean, Steve McCourt, Rachael Henley
Raising Agents (l-r) Ellen Chivers James McClean, Steve McCourt, Rachael Henley

Raising Agents, Earl of

This show marks the centenary of the founding of the Women’s Institute in Britain.

Theatre company Mikron, who spend the summer touring by narrowboat, return to dry land for their visit to Doncaster tomorrow.

Raising Agents is set around Bunnington WI, a branch that is a bit down-at-heel. Dwindling membership means they can barely afford the hall, let alone a decent speaker. So when a PR guru becomes a member, the women are glad of new blood. Initially.

The milk of WI kindness begins to sour when she rebrands them the Bunnington Bunnies. They’re hopping. With stakes higher than a five-tiered cake-stand, a battle ensues for the very soul of Bunnington, perhaps the WI itself!

Mikron say: “On the threshold of one century into the next, this tale of hobbyists and lobbyists asks how much we should know our past or how much we should let go of it. Above all else, like the WI itself, Raising Agents is a story of friendship.”

Writer Maeve Larkin said: “I loved extracting the drama from such a rich and energetic history of a movement that just keeps evolving.”

Mikron have teamed up with the National Federation of WIs to produce the show. The WI gave Maeve access to the archives to help uncover the stories and characters in its rich history.

Original music has been composed by the female duo O’Hooley and Tidow, nominated as best duo for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

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For more information, go to www.mikron.org.uk