A fascinating commemorative triple bill of dramatic rarities from the 1920s about the experiences of women left behind during the Great War.
‘Tightly and fluidly directed by Tricia Thorns, with an excellent, versatile set of men-less homes from Alex Marker, this is a complex and funny evening’ Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out
‘Fascinating viewing’ Michael Billington, The Guardian
‘It breathes contemporary raw feeling’ Libby Purves, Theatrecat.com
LUCK OF WAR by Gwen John
‘A bitterly comic snippet of cheerless domesticity’ Sam Marlowe, The Times
HANDMAIDENS OF DEATH by Herbert Tremaine
‘A poignant snapshot of women workers in a munitions factory’ Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
THE OLD LADY SHOWS HER MEDALS by J M Barrie
‘A real jewel: witty, pacy and with a fine astringent edge’ Jane Shilling, Daily Telegraph
The First World War was fought in the mud of the trenches, on the beaches of Gallipoli and in massive battles at sea – but it was also fought at home. a whole new world opened up for women who had to take over men’s work, notably in the munitions factories. But they still had to hold their homes together, often with the wry humour we see in these plays.
Revived to mark the 1914 Centenary, Two’s Company’s has mounted a collection of forgotten gems written during WW1.
The talented cast features BAFTA award-winning actress Susan Wooldridge, best known for her role as Daphne Manniers in The Jewel in the Crown as well as many successful TV drama series, together with Matthew Cottle who played Martin Henson in the long-running sitcom Game On and more recently played alongside Rowan Atkinson in the West End in Simon Gray’s Quartermaine’s Terms.
‘Susan Wooldridge and Simon Darwen… deeply funny and touching’ Paul Taylor, The Independent
‘Matthew Cottle delivers the standout performances of the night’ Jessica Edwards, A Younger Theatre
‘Victoria Gee is formidable and the whole ensemble cast are strong’ Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out
Recommended age 12+.
Arrive 20 minutes early for an extra treat – cast members will be singing songs from the First World War around the piano!
The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation
Image © Imperial War Museums (Q 79989).