Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre mark the centenary of the start of World War One with the world premiere of a new play.
An August Bank Holiday Lark by Deborah McAndrew is at the Stephen Joseph Theatre from Tuesday April 22 to Saturday April 26.
Taking its title from a line in Philip Larkin’s poem MCMXIV, An August Bank Holiday Lark explores the impact of the Great War on a rural community in East Lancashire.
Set in the idyllic summer of 1914 rural Lancashire, everyone in the community is excited about Wakes week; a rest from field and mill and a celebration of the Rushbearing Festival with singing, courting, drinking and dancing. The looming war barely registers … but it will.
Through the lens of traditional rural life, the play follows the stories of the people of the village and witnesses their personal transitions from exuberance to touching naivety as they deal with their loss with courage and humanity.
“An August Bank Holiday Lark focuses on one small community and the, often overlooked, British involvement on the Eastern Front. Countless Lancashire lads exchanged the soft Pennine drizzle for the searing Turkish sun and gave their lives at The August Offensive in Gallipoli.” said Deborah.
It is on daily at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.