Part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe
Sun 7 – Weds 10 May 2017
Upstairs at The Duchess Pub, Battersea
An affecting piece involving a one-sided conversation between an old man and his long since dead childhood friend and RAF colleague. At times, the old man is talking through his younger self. The piece explores the naïve excitement of young boys at the outbreak of War, rushing to sign up even though they were too young. For many, the naïve excitement is soon replaced by homesickness and the grim realities of life in the forces. For others, it is an opportunity for a new, more glamourous, life: even if that glamour extends to little more than three square meals a day and a bed to yourself.
The piece explores the effect of war on everyone: those in the thick of it, the sweethearts of servicemen and the parents forced to bury their sons.
The post war period afforded a new level of opportunity to those who wanted to better themselves. But, with all of the celebrations and new lives, there were empty chairs at the tables, the boys who had no future having given their lives for King and Country.