If you're going to present Cider with Rosie and you're looking for something slightly surreal in the way of * personal historic touches, you won't be able to do much better than having your production directed by the great-granddaughter of Laurie Lee's Uncle Charlie.
And when she even shares his initials, albeit by habitually shortening her name, the piquancy is complete.
So Birmingham youth group Stage 2 - which inevitably defies all reasonable expectations in any case - is approaching its forthcoming bucolic and evocative reincarnation of bygone life in the Cotswolds with a bubbling optimism.
There are going to be more than 100 youngsters involved in Liz Light's production at the Crescent Theatre, and 80 of them were given a grounding in its background in the course of two day trips to see the writer's village, the family home, the school and the pub and to meet the remaining members of his family.
Kathryn Levell, who is 20, will play Laurie's mother. She said, "It's such a personal play for Liz, so it's fantastic for us. She's been able to give us all the inside family information and she's shown us an album of newspaper cuttings and photographs that was made by his mother. His mother died in 1950 and one of her nieces gave the album to Liz.
"When we did our trip, we met a man who had just bought the family cottage in the Slad Valley. The cottage has not been renovated and it's practically as it would have been when the family lived there from the early 1900s to about 1950.
"It's going to be renovated, but we all managed to go into it and we looked round the garden. It was a fantastic opportunity."
Laurie Lee was born in 1914 and before his death in 1997 he gave Stage 2 unique permission to set his poems to music. Folk composer Richard Radnor Williams adapted six of them, all approved by Lee himself, and they will feature in the production.
As things stand, no other group will ever be able to use them in this way.
Cider with Rosie will be at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, from July 20-22, including a matinee on the Saturday.
* The Swan Theatre, Worcester, which pulled itself up by its bootstraps and avoided its threatened closure last year, can be overpoweringly hot on summer evenings - so now it is trying to raise £40,000 to install air conditioning.
Director Chris Jaeger says: "Anyone who has attended an event on a hot summer's evening will know that it is often unbearable. Many people simply will not come in the summer - so now that the Swan is safe and bringing back large audiences we need to address the problem.
"We have to make sure that audiences can visit in comfort and that the theatre can properly fulfil its role as a thriving arts venue in a rapidly-expanding city."
Worcester City Council is providing extra power to enable air-conditioning to be run - and in addition there will be collecting buckets rattled at every event at the Swan during the summer. Amateur companies that use the theatre regularly will be contributing to the fund.
* The excellent Langley Brass Band will join members of Old-bury Rep for its production of Brassed Off, which opens at the Barlow Theatre, Langley, on Monday.
Having seen the band in action, I know that regular supporters of the theatre group are in for a special treat. The show runs until July 15.
* The two-day North Warwickshire Performing Arts Festival will be launched on Friday, July 7, at Coleshill School with a play by students and a performance by Coleshill Youth Brass Band.
The following day, at Coleshill Town Hall, there will be productions by Atherstone Theatre Workshop, Water Orton's Company of the Curtain, Atherstone Dramatic Society and Coleshill Drama Group - which is organising the event - plus musical items.