Leamington company presents award-winning theatre

FOLLOWING an exciting 20th anniversary year, the team at Leamington-based arts company Heartbreak Productions is looking forward to a lively and varied programme for 2012.

Casts, creative teams, staff and friends from across the years came together for an anniversary party to close a year in which the company ran three successful open air productions which toured around the UK and abroad, produced a historical film about Bishops Tachbrook, launched education workshops and extended its Heartbreak Hub Saturday morning film and theatre workshops for young people.

As a finale to all that, Heartbreak also achieved ‘Key Client Status’ in recognition of the its commitment to locally-based, innovative and quality projects that develop and increase access to theatre, arts and heritage.

Executive director Maddy Kerr said: “To say that we are delighted with the way 2011 played out is an understatement, but it reflects all the hard work and support that we receive from staff, casts, creative teams and audience members alike.

“We’re very excited about 2012 which will continue our work from last year and include some new, inspiring projects that we can’t wait to get our creative teams working on. Look out too for a touch of nostalgia.”

The company’s popular open air shows will entertain outdoor audiences in Leamington and around the country again this summer.

An idyllic Edwardian childhood is turned upside‐down for Bobby, Peter and Phyllis in the Heartbreak’s award‐-winning adaptation of The Railway Children and the cocktails are flowing in Private Lives, set in the 1930s.

In Much Ado About Nothing, the war may be over but a battle of wits is just beginning as Benedick and Beatrice, Shakespeare’s most entertaining and charming couple, take the stage to engage in their “merry war” with both proclaiming that they’ll never fall in love.

This year will also see the start of the company’s involvement with a cabaret evening to help raise money for the Mayor’s charities and participation in the Leamington Looks Back history festival.

Artistic director Peter Mimmack said: “These are just some of the plans and schemes we have for 2012. It has taken us 20 years to reach this point but we are hoping now that we can continue to develop and expand our repertoire encouraging audiences and communities everywhere to get involved in theatre, film, arts and heritage.”

To find out more about productions or to get involved with any of Heartbreak’s projects, call 430307 or go online.