Poilu & Tommy19th February 2014 to 8th March 2014 - 7:30pm
Matinee performance 2.30pm Wednesday 5th March (No performances Mondays and Sundays)
Price: £10, £8 ConcessionsPrices available at box office, email or via telephone.
Venue: Main House
Company: Théâtre Volière
Writer: Mick Wood
Producer: Jolly Good Show
Strasbourg's Théâtre Volière present their haunting new play about decadence, repression, and the allure of war.
1900. A French and an English boy find themselves living in a dilapidated manor house in the home counties. Charles is a would-be poète maudit. Alfred likes Kipling. They share an Alsacien governess with a tragic secret. Bored, struggling to communicate, their games take a dark turn. Spirits are invoked, shadows gather, forewarnings of a time when they will meet again, as young men caught up in the horror of the Somme.
Produced by Anglo-French association Jolly Good Show, and written by award-winning poet Mick Wood, Poilu and Tommy was originally commissioned by The Ledbury Poetry Festival. It is the sole French theatre project to be part of the Imperial War Museums’ Centenary Partnership Programme, and offers a unique perspective on the cultural background to The Great War. The histories of war-ravaged Alsace, fin-de-siècle Paris, and Edwardian rural England, collide in a beguiling, witty and unsettling piece of theatre.
“Brilliant acting. Uncompromising and tough. I found it emotional to watch.” Chloe, Director Ledbury Poetry Festival.
“Very good because I liked the children actors. I laughed at the funny bits.” Martha, 6.
“I really felt that I was in the story. Loved the mixture of French and English language and the poetry links.” Lizzie, 43.
For further information about the company please visit our site at www.jollygoodshow.fr