‘Won­der­ful’ war sto­ries play to be staged again

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

AMU­SI­CAL telling the sto­ries of Bri­tish men and women who died while fight­ing for their coun­try has proved such a suc­cess at Ger­rards Cross Com­mu­nity Cen­tre that the or­gan­is­ers have been asked to restage it to co­in­cide with this year’s Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

For the Fallen – writ­ten and di­rected by long-term Ger­rards Cross res­i­dent John Draper – was hailed as ‘bril­liant’, ‘won­der­ful’ and ‘so mov­ing’ by the­atre­go­ers leav­ing the com­mu­nity cen­tre on East Com­mon.

Mr Draper, who has pro­duced and di­rected a num­ber of shows over the years, said: “It was a huge suc­cess. The full-house au­di­ence were on their feet sing­ing, wav­ing flags and calling for more at the end of the evening.

“I’m re­ally proud of the en­tire team who made this pos­si­ble – they were ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. They went to, and be­yond, their po­ten­tial. I am a very lucky man to have been in­volved with this pro­duc­tion.”

The show traces the his­tory of Bri­tish ser­vice­men and women through con­flicts that in­cluded the First and Sec­ond World Wars, Korea, Viet­nam, North­ern Ire­land, the Falk­lands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

It fea­tures the songs of the day in each in­stance, per­formed by a cast who threw them­selves into the whole pro­duc­tion with in­cred­i­ble gusto.

The mu­sic was ac­com­pa­nied by still pic­tures and video im­ages un­der­lin­ing the hor­rors and wide-rang­ing ef­fects of con­flict.

Mr Draper added: “As the ic­ing on the cake, we have been asked if we will re­peat the show, per­haps with three per­for­mances, wrapped around Re­mem­brance Day in Novem­ber, which would be ab­so­lutely bril­liant.

“We’ll have to see whether cast mem­bers are avail­able, so we haven’t fi­nalised the dates yet, but we aim­ing for the week­end of Novem­ber 8 and 9.

Turn to pages 6 and 7 of Life and Leisure for more pic­tures from For the Fallen

Photo Pen and Sword

THROUGH THE WIRE: Bri­tish soldiers launch an at­tack dur­ing the Bat­tle of the Somme in 1916

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