A family torn apart by war
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