‘Wonderful’ war stories play to be staged again
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
THROUGH THE WIRE: British soldiers launch an attack during the Battle of the Somme in 1916