(Alfred Hickling’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/1.)
Small-scale touring is all about mucking in, humping the set and putting up with the personal habits of a group of actors for months on end. But Mikron is the only theatre company that requires you to grease a canal boat’s sump gland in order to get a good night’s sleep.
“It’s not that difficult when you get used to it,” artistic director Marianne McNamara assures me as I’m introduced to my berth for the next couple of days: a prettily painted but particularly tiny cabin at the rear of the 80-year-old narrowboat that has been the company’s home for over 40 years. “If you hear steady dripping, that’s fine. But if it begins to sound like running water, come and get me, because it means we’re sinking.”
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