Tuesday, October 7, 2014

5 November - Journey's End

I was delighted that so many of you enjoyed the plot twists of Deathtrap last month!  It is a fun play, if somewhat American in its references, which maybe we therefore didn't fully appreciate?

Next month will be much more sombre, as we will be reading Journey's End by R C Sherriff in a nod to the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and Remembrance Sunday.  Although not a  household name, Sherriff also wrote the screen plays for The Dambusters and Goodbye Mr Chips. 

Journey's End is an emotional examination of the lives and fears of soldiers in the trenches of World War One. Perhaps one reason why this play has stood out amongst WWI literature is that it was based on Sherriff's own experience as a captain in the war.

Normally I search the internet for pictures to give you a feel for the play.  This month I am delighted to have some that I took when I produced the ECC production in 2006. 

A sad story:  the costumes were hired from a wonderful company in the UK. Wonderful original pieces.  Yet sadly an arsonist attacked their store and they lost most of their stock of genuine historical costumes.

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