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A Force to be reckoned with

A Force to be Reckoned with (L to R) Rachel Hammond, Eddie Ahrens, Harvey Badger and Hannah Baker (Photo by Robling Photogrpahy)

'More Heartbeat than Happy Valley' production comes to Richmond, Sedbergh and Skipton this October.

To celebrate its 51st year of touring, Mikron Theatre is thrilled to announce that they will be performing playwright Amanda Whittington's new play ‘A Force to be Reckoned With'.  More Heartbeat than Happy Valley, this arresting story, told with fabulous original music and a fast-paced script, captures a century of change as it explores the story of the pioneering women of the British Police force.

It will be performed at Sedbergh People Hall on Sunday 8th October at 2pm, the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond on Friday 13th October at 7.30pm  and Skipton Town Hall on Saturday 14th October at 7.30pm

With a handbag, whistle and a key to the Police Box, WPC Iris Armstrong is ready for whatever the mean streets of a 1950s market town throws at her. Fresh from police training school, she prepares for her first day on the beat. The reality is very different. Stuck at the station, she soon finds her main jobs are typing and making brews.

 Iris joins forces with fellow ‘girl in blue' WPC Ruby Roberts. They're an unlikely partnership. A two-girl department, called to any case involving women and children, from troublesome teens to fraudulent fortune tellers. What starts as ‘women's work' soon becomes a specialist role. Iris finds she's earning her place in a historic force to be reckoned with. Along the way, she discovers the Edwardian volunteers who came before her, a lineage of Suffragettes-turned-moral enforcers and the secrets that the police box hides.

 Playwright Amanda Whittington said about her new play:  "I'm delighted to be back at Mikron in their 51st year with A Force to be Reckoned With. The play takes a light-hearted look at the lives of Women Police Constables in the 1950s, celebrating their spirit, optimism and heroic efforts to break the glass ceiling without a truncheon." 

Amanda Whittington is one of the most widely performed playwrights in the country and was delighted to make her Mikron debut with Atalanta Forever in 2021. She's done the maths and discovered she's written 40 plays over the years, including ‘Be My Baby', ‘The Thrill of Love', ‘Kiss Me Quickstep' and most recently, the third in her Ladies trilogy, ‘Ladies Unleashed'. Amanda's published by Nick Hern Books and her work for Radio 4 includes seven series of the award-winning D for Dexter and The Archers.

 ‘A Force to be Reckoned With' is touring alongside Poppy Hollman's new play ‘Twitchers' which takes us on a flight through RSPB history, feathered with birdsong and laughter.

For tour dates and information on ‘A Force to be Reckoned With' visit www.mikron.org.uk

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