A fam­ily torn apart by war

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - PREVIEW -

he year is 1913 and war with Ger­many is im­mi­nent. World­fa­mous au­thor Rud­yard Ki­pling is de­ter­mined to sup­port his coun­try in any way he can.

His son is set on a mil­i­tary ca­reer. But there is a se­ri­ous prob­lem – his poor eye­sight.

Ki­pling’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to get him a com­mis­sion causes a bit­ter fam­ily con­flict which will leave the renowned pa­triot dev­as­tated.

My Boy Jack lays bare the an­guish at the heart of a man whose war­ring pas­sions - his love for his chil­dren and his de­vo­tion to King and Coun­try - threaten to tear him and his fam­ily apart..

Come and see this pow­er­ful

Tplay where hon­our and duty are pitched against nur­ture, care and love. This pro­duc­tion of My Boy Jack com­mem­o­rates the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of The Great War in Novem­ber 1918. It is ded­i­cated to those of all na­tions, sol­diers and civil­ians, who have died, have been in­jured or have other­wise suf­fered, as a re­sult of war.

It is be­ing staged at Stam­ford Arts Cen­tre by res­i­dent the­atre com­pany , Shoestring, by ar­range­ment with Nick Hern Books.

Play di­rec­tor Kay Roberts writes: ‘It has been a ter­rific chal­lenge to bring the Ki­pling fam­ily’s story to life, and to recre­ate the spirit of the time in which they lived.

‘The tremen­dous wave of pa­tri­o­tism that en­gulfed the coun­try at the start of the war was sup­ported by Ki­pling who helped the gov­ern­ment by writ­ing pro­pa­ganda and speak­ing at re­cruit­ment drives.

‘But the harsh re­al­ity of the war it­self lays bare the ten­sions in his fam­ily and ends in heart­break and re­morse.

‘It’s a uni­ver­sal story which has as much rel­e­vance to­day as it did 100 years ago. Al­most ev­ery fam­ily was af­fected and the play’s mes­sage un­der­lines the fu­til­ity of war and its ter­ri­ble con­se­quences.’

To book tick­ets, visit www.stam­for­darts­cen­tre. com. Tick­ets £10 (£8 con­ces­sions).

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Stam­ford Shoestring The­atre visit www.stam­ford­shoestring.com

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.