An exciting new show to mark the centenary of the First World War is to be staged at the Under Ground Theatre.
The ReAct theatre company’s Oh, Lovely, What a War has been specially commissioned by the Under Ground, as part of a series of events remembering the events of 1914-18. It will be on stage on two consecutive Saturdays in July 19 and 26, at 7.30pm.
The show starts dramatically, with the death in the trenches of the main character, young soldier Freddie Waring. We share his last thoughts, as he is aware of the groans of other soldiers... and we join Freddie’s ghost to take us back through the life he is leaving behind.
The story is told in a richly imaginative combination of dance, drama, readings and poetry – all to a background of songs, most of which featured in Joan Littlewood’s Oh, What a Lovely War!.
The dancer, playing Freddie’s ghost, is drama-school student, Freddie Cox. His girl-friend is played by sixteen-year-old Issy Rann. The other readers are Robin and Ann Gregory, Jo Jallad, Paul James, and Jo Sands, while young trumpeter Helen Woods plays the Last Post. Director Carol Mounter Collins based this on an idea from Geoff Morley.
Tickets £10 (UGT members £8). Buy at the UGT on Fridays (10am-12.30pm) and Saturdays (10am-4pm); via www.undergroundtheatre.co.uk or 0845 680 1926.