From trenches to memorials on stage
THEATRE group will present an evening of drama with a First World War theme.
Chesham Theatre Company is putting on three evenings consisting of two plays from Thursday, October 23 to Saturday, October 25 at the Little Theatre by the Park to mark the centenary of the outbreak of The Great War.
The two plays will contrast the serious and poignant story of the war memorials and the comedy of renowned stand-up comedian Arthur Smith in his play Trench Kiss.
The first play will be Memorial to the Missing, by Stephen Wyatt and directed by Judith Watsham. It was formally a radio play first performed in 2008. This is the true story of
AFabian Ware. He was the instigator of the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission. Also known for the construction of war cemeteries and memorials all over the world, including the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at Thiepval, which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
The second play is Trench Kiss by Arthur Smith and directed by Ian Slack.
Jim and Sally are on holiday in Flanders, fulfilling not only Jim’s obsession with the First World War but his search for the fate of his grandfather, who went missing in battle. While Jim is off looking at gravestones, a startled Sally is suddenly confronted by Jasper Everly, a soldier who by a quirk of fate has been flung forward in time from the Great War and 1916 to the present day. Falling for his charm and apparent innocence, Sally elbows Jim and brings Jasper back to London, where he begins a hilarious rollercoaster ride through the late 20th century in this endearing comedy of relationships, historical perspectives and ‘progress’.
Trench Kiss contains strong language and may not be suitable for children or the easily offended.
The audience is invited to bring their own drinks and picnic along for this ‘supper theatre’ event.
Doors open at 7.30pm and the performance starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 or £75 for a table of eight.
Email tickets@cheshamtheatre company.org.uk or call 07938 050 731.