Monday 06th December

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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
Our Ajax
Ajax (Joe Dixon). Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

Our Ajax at the Southwark Playhouse

Our Ajax, which premiers at the Southwark Playhouse this month, ┬áis a new play by award winning playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (of Our Country’s Good fame). Our Ajax is a retelling (of sorts) of Sophocles’s play Ajax. I say a retelling ‘of sorts’ because it borrows from the original quite freely. It is a play about war, honour, death and the relationships between gods and mortals.

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Category: Theatre