True British institution explored in play in wood

The cast of Raising Agents
The cast of Raising Agents

The past, present and future of the WI is explored in a witty and fast-paced production coming to the unusual setting of Foundry Wood in Leamington.

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.

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

The show has a strong musical element, and the original music has been composed by female duo O’Hooley and Tidow, who are award winning musicians and song-writers, recently nominated as ‘best duo’ for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The show is presented by theatre company Mikron, which tours on its vintage narrowboat, Tyseley, in the summer and by road in the spring and autumn, to almost every conceivable type of venue.

The performance will be held on Saturday August 22 from 3pm. There is no need to buy a ticket as a collection will be taken by the company after the performance. Foundry Wood can be found off Princes Drive. Bring your own chairs, blankets and picnics.