From trenches to memo­ri­als on stage

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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 or call 07938 050 731.

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