First World War play at Ropsley
Ropsley Village Hall, through the Linconshire Rural and Community Touring Scheme, presents
'The Window', by Paul Nolan, on Wednesday (November 7).
The Window is a moving and intimate theatre performance told through the eyes of a brother and sister separated by two generations, and based on the true story of a young First World War soldier.
As Coventry actor and writer Paul Nolan investigated his own family tree, one story really stood out, that of his great uncle James O’Neill, born at the end of the 19th century to a poor Coventry family. Money troubles aside, the challenge to survive is made harder by the fact that James's father was admitted to the notorious Hatton Asylum just before his birth.
There are fast changes in this growing industrial city and James grows up to become exactly the ‘right age’ when the First World War breaks out. News on that August bank holiday of 1914 will shake the family home and send him on the most exciting adventure of his life – a landmark British offensive with the 15th Durham Light Infantry which will change ground warfare as we know it.
This poignant play describes both the horrors of the battlefield and the struggles on the home front through the voices of James and his sister, and will be portrayed by two actors, two generations apart in age.
In summary, a compelling and beautifully constructed First World War drama, of a young Coventry soldier and his harrowing experiences of one of the British Army's most notoriously unsuccessful and bloody offensives.
Tickets are £10/£25 for a family (recommended children 14+) and are available from 01476 585739. Tickets will not be available on the evening of the performance.
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