Big crowd at theatre in Leamington woods

Mikron Theatre perform Raising Agents at Foundry Wood in Leamington.
Mikron Theatre perform Raising Agents at Foundry Wood in Leamington.

One hundred years of the Women’s Institute was celebrated in a play performed to an audience of 150 people at Foundry Wood in Leamington.

Under hot summer sunshine, the crowd packed into the outdoor classroom in the community wood to watch professional touring theatre company Mikron Theatre - who also performed at St Mary’s allotments in Leamington a few weeks ago and at Foundry Wood last year - enact their play, Raising Agents, which is set against a backdrop of a struggling WI group coming to terms with the modern world of social media, bake-offs and local rivalry.

Kristie Naimo, chairman of the Friends of Foundry Wood, said: “Once again, clever songs combined with witty dialogue made for a very entertaining afternoon. Local WI group Chase Meadow had baked cakes for the occasion which were all sold out by the end of the afternoon.

“It was such a wonderful afternoon and we were fortunate with the weather. The show was funny and entertaining and young and old were captivated by the story. It’s great to have so many new and regular visitors to the woodland and we look forward to welcoming Mikron back again in future years.”

The next event at the wood will be a volunteer day on Sunday September 6, when anyone can turn up between 10am and 4pm to help with maintenance tasks. Those taking part should bring sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing, but all equipment, working gloves and tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

To find out more about Foundry Wood, which is managed by volunteers, visit