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'Redcoats' relive the Butlins holiday dream

Where: The Trout Inn, St John's Bridge, Faringdon Road, Lechlade On Thames, GL7 3HA

When: Wednesday, June 19, 7.30pm

Yorkshire-based Mikron Theatre arrive in Gloucestershire later this month on their vintage narrowboat as the company bring their new show Redcoats to The Trout Inn at Lechlade on Thames.

Mikron's radiant redcoats are set to guide you through 80 years of the Billy Butlin's holiday dream.

Billy Butlin used Shakespeare himself to sell a seaside dream to the great British public. Join Mikron as they delve into holiday huts and bonny baby contests with guest appearances from Marlene Dietrich, Gracie Fields and Laurel and Hardy. Watch Mikron celebrate Butlins splendour with their trademark mix of fun, pathos and songs.

Written by Nick Ahad, playwright, journalist, broadcaster on BBC Radio Leeds and bone fide bonnie baby competition winner! He's no stranger to writing, but this is his first time writing for Mikron and he's loved getting his feet wet down at the seaside.

He said: "I bet lots of people have happy memories of Butlins. I bet none of them have memories of going to the same Butlins (Skegness) 14 years in a row. I do - and not once did I mind. Loved it, in fact.

"Some of my happiest memories were created in that seaside haven in the eighties and early nineties. What a delight it's been to revisit those memories while writing Redcoats."

Jonny Kelly, director of Redcoats, who directed last year's 'Revolting Women' for Mikron, explains in a nutshell about the show.

"It's a pleasure to be back with Mikron for my second season, I know audiences will love the show, it's full of humour, history and seaside shenanigans!"

Nick Ahad added: "What sums up Butlins up for me? We were a mixed-race working-class family from Keighley and when I went to Butlins in Skegness, I felt like the richest person in the world."

Mikron's artistic director Marianne McNamara, who commissioned Nick to write Redcoats, said: "This play is great fun, and that's what Redcoats were there to do - encourage fun.

"It's been a joy to research this play. Billy Butlin was such an ambitious fellow and he made holidays possible for so many. British holidays where you could shelter from the rain, swim, laugh and relax, perfect."

Now in their 48th year of touring, Mikron delight audiences with their informative, dramatic and musically jam-packed and very British-themed shows.

No tickets are required for Redcoats but a cash collection bucket will be passed around after the show.

Mikron bring another touring show, All Hands on Deck, to Randwick Village Hall, near Stroud, on Saturday, July 20.

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