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Mikron Theatre Presents: A Force To Be Reckoned With touring South Yorkshire


For immediate release

Mikron Theatre Company present


A new play by Amanda Whittington

Director:Gitika Buttoo

Composer and Co-lyricist:Greg Last

Musical Director and Arranger:Dan McGlade

Designer:Celia Perkins

Cast:Eddie Ahrens, Harvey Badger, Hannah Baker and Rachel Hammond.


To celebrate their 51styear of touring, Mikron Theatre is thrilled to announce that they will be performing playwrightAmanda Whittington'snew play ‘A Force to be Reckoned With'.

More Heartbeat than Happy Valley, this arresting story, told with fabulous original music and a fast paced script, captures a century of change as it explores the story of the pioneering women of the British Police force.

It will be performed at:SOUTH YORKSHIRE



2 Vicar Road, Darfield, Barnsley, S73 9JZ

Tuesday 16th May 7pm

No reserved seating or tickets required, a 'pay what you feel' collection will be taken after the show.

Tel: 01484 843701  |



Grimesthorpe Road, (entrance opposite Torbay Rd), Sheffield, S4 8LE

Wednesday 17th May 6.30pm

No reserved seating or tickets required, a 'pay what you feel' collection will be taken after the show.

Tel: 01484 843701


With a handbag, whistle and a key to the Police Box, WPC Iris Armstrong is ready for whatever the mean streets of a 1950s market town throws at her. Fresh from police training school, she prepares for her first day on the beat. The reality is very different. Stuck at the station, she soon finds her main jobs are typing and making brews.

Iris joins forces with fellow ‘girl in blue' WPC Ruby Roberts. They're an unlikely partnership. A two-girl department, called to any case involving women and children, from troublesome teens to fraudulent fortune tellers. 

What starts as ‘women's work' soon becomes a specialist role. Iris finds she's earning her place in a historic force to be reckoned with. Along the way, she discovers the Edwardian volunteers who came before her, a lineage of Suffragettes-turned-moral enforcers and the secrets that the police box hides.

Playwright Amanda Whittington said about her new play:

"I'm delighted to be back at Mikron in their 51st year with A Force to be Reckoned With. 

The play takes a light-hearted look at the lives of Women Police Constables in the 1950s,

celebrating their spirit, optimism and heroic efforts to break the glass ceiling without a


The production's cast of actor/musicians will featureEddie Ahrens(Monopoly Lifesized, Selladoor/Gamepath Entertainment), Hannah Baker(The 39 Steps, OVO Theatre),Harvey Badger(Spring Awakening, Stratford Circus Arts Centre) andRachel Hammond(The True Adventures of Marian and Marian Hood, Barn Theatre and Swallows and Amazons, York Theatre Royal).

‘A Force to be Reckoned With' is directed by Mikron newcomerGitika Buttoo(Road, Oldham Coliseum),designed byCelia Perkins, with musical composition byGreg Last(The Borrowers and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Theatre by the Lake) and musically directed and composed byDan McGlade(Macbeth and Twelfth Night, Leeds Playhouse).

Amanda Whittington is one of the most widely performed playwrights in the country and

was delighted to make her Mikron debut with Atalanta Forever in 2021. She's done the

maths and discovered she's written 40 plays over the years, including ‘Be My Baby', ‘The

Thrill of Love', ‘Kiss Me Quickstep' and most recently, the third in her Ladies trilogy, ‘Ladies Unleashed'. Amanda's published by Nick Hern Books and her work for Radio 4 includes seven series of the award-winning D for Dexter and The Archers.

‘A Force to be Reckoned With' will be touring nationally in the summer alongside Poppy

Hollman's new play ‘Twitchers' which takes us on a flight through RSPB history, feathered with birdsong and laughter.

For tour dates and information on ‘A Force to be Reckoned With' visit


For press tickets and further information please contact

Mikron Theatre Company

01484 843701


Based in the village of Marsden, at the foot of the Yorkshire Pennines, the companyislikeno other. For starters, over the last 51 years they have toured 68 productions on board avintage narrowboat and spent over 37,000 boating hours on the inland waterways. Secondly,they perform their shows in places that other theatre companies wouldn't dream of; a playabout growing-your-own on an allotment; a play about bees performed next to hives, a playabout fish and chips to audiences in a fish and chip restaurant, as well as plays abouthostelling performed in YHA Youth hostels and the RNLI, performed at several LifeboatStations around the UK. Over the last 51 years the company has performed 5300 times to over a staggering 440,000 people.