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HIJINX THEATRE premieres "Miss Brown to You" (A new play by Alan Harris, Directed by Gaynor Lougher)     

HIJINX THEATRE premieres Hijinx Theatre are delighted to announce a totally new initiative in association with The Riverfront Theatre.

On March 4th the world premier of Miss Brown to You – a new play by Alan Harris for family audiences in theatre venues will take place at The Riverfront, Newport. The production will tour to theatres throughout Wales and England up to 4th April. This will be our first Theatres-only tour and is in addition to our usual 2 annual touring productions for small venues - these will go ahead as usual later in the year.

Set during World War II - Miss Brown to You follows the plight of Emily, a young woman with Down’s syndrome who is evacuated from the dangers of the city to a small Mid-Wales village to live with a fierce aunt she hardly knows. Here she has to come to terms with a new life full of unknown challenges, loneliness and prejudice.

A strong bond develops with her cousin as they learn to share ideas through music and she draws comfort from the wild beauty of the surrounding landscape. Here she meets Stanley, a desperate and isolated young man who is sleeping rough. Both are outsiders and a secret friendship grows between them. Meanwhile her aunt has her own demons to fight and stark realizations to confront as the web of lies around her suitor starts to unravel.

The part of Emily is taken by Sara Pickard, a young woman who has Down’s syndrome. Sara has performed with Hijinx before as part of Odyssey Theatre and is currently working at Mencap Cymru as their Partners in Politics Officer as well as recently being elected to the Community Council of Pentyrch. Sara is very excited to be part of a professional theatre tour – for her this is a dream come true - and is looking forward to being part of the touring team.

While Hijinx do specialize in making plays for the learning disabled community, this is a 2 hour long production for the general public which, while having a particular resonance for people with learning disabilities and their families, will have a far wider appeal, set against the epic struggle of individuals coping with daily life during the chaos of war. While it is set in 1940 the themes of individuals struggling to make sense of their lives during war is hugely pertinent today.

Alan Harris says of his motivation for writing the play : “A lot of the stuff that I write is about people who don’t fit in – or are continually searching for something in their lives. What I did not want to write is a play about someone with a disability. We’ve all got something about us that doesn’t function “normally”, only some of us have the privilege of hiding it better than others.”

Hijinx Theatre is one of Wales’ leading small scale theatre companies, with over twenty eight years experience of creating high quality production which are accessible, entertaining and challenging for small communities throughout Wales and England. This will be our first touring production which steps up a scale to main stage venues. For further information and full tour schedule, please visit the Hijinx Theatre website on www.hijinx.org.uk
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