10th May 2014
Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company
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This was a tour de force for three Nottingham Playhouse actors. The drama linked a 2014 soldier working with an archivist on newly discoveredWW1 personal letters with the soldier who wrote them, a long-dead, fresh-faced young infantryman from the Sherwood Foresters regiment.
The plot developed the never changing horrors of war and the agony of those left behind. The WW1 infantryman appeared as a narrator/ghost who filling in the gaps between the reality of war and the sanitised version in letters written home.
The projected backdrop to a simple set featured childlike drawings of battle scarred landscapes, families at home and military comrades. It added to the atmosphere of bravado, terror and tragedy. Snatches from letters revealed how soldiers at the front protected their loved ones from the reality of what was happening to them and their comrades; lions led by donkeys.
The plain, cool, rigid archivist character revealed herself to be the grieving mother
of a son killed in the Bosnian war.
A moving and entertaining night to remember in the anniversary year of the start of the 1914-18 war.
(A Village Ventures event)