Saturday 24th September

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Alix Dunmore and Emily Bowker
Alix Dunmore and Emily Bowker. Photo by Philip Gammon

What The Women Did at the Southwark Playhouse

During the war (imagine me mimicking Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses), the range of roles women adopted grew exponentially. They were wives, mothers, munitions workers, land girls, nurses, war widows and so much more. What The Women Did, a triple bill of plays from Two’s Company demonstrates this range of roles to brilliant effect.

This triple bill features Luck of War by Gwen John, Handmaidens of Death by Herbert Tremaine (pseudonym of Maude Deuchar) and The Old Lady Shows Her Medals by J.M. Barrie. The plays have been excellent chosen to include both little known and well known writers, and to cover the various different themes of war. There are munitions girls, miscommunicated deaths, patriotism, and some unlikely friendships.

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Category: Theatre
Lost Boy
Max Panks, Joseph Taylor, Luka Markus and David Scotland. Photo by Scott Rylander.

Lost Boy at the Finborough Theatre

If you have ever thought that blending Peter Pan with the First World War is just plain silly (I am guilty of this), then really, you’re just plain wrong. Lost Boy, written and directed by Phil Willmott does exactly that – it puts Pan and his motley crew of lost boys on the front lines. The result is a thought-provoking and bittersweet musical that tracks the demise of innocence in war through familiar childhood characters.

The action opens with George Llewelyn Davies (one of the boys who inspired JM Barrie in his creation of Peter Pan), comforting a shell shocked soldier in his platoon before slumping into the mud to get some sleep the night before a big push. We are sucked into his dream where he imagines himself as a swaggering Peter Pan, bent on learning how to be a man and searching for the next ‘awfully big adventure’.

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Category: Theatre