To mark and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Great War in 1914 we are proud to present the hugely popular play including great songs based on stories and songs from the Music Hall period. The original production in 1963 had a tremendous impact and set out to change attitudes to war using a devastating and successful theatrical style. There is humour and irony to be found even in this tragic event. With famous songs like ‘Pack up your Troubles’ and ‘They didn’t believe Me’- join in the fun and memories in this great piece of theatre.
The Pierrot Troupe:
- Aidan Burgess
- Dillon Burgess
- Ali Davenport
- Hannah Edwards
- Michael Gardiner
- Caroline Hickey
- Trevor Mckie
- Tom Oliver
- Scott Ransome
- Jacqueline Wheble
- Paul Wilson
- Directed By Celia Bonner (with assistance from Stephanie Niland)
- Choreography: Celia Bonner & Ali Davenport
- Musical Director: Simon Murray
- Set and Video Design: Stephen Bradshaw
- Lighting Design: Lauren Sanders
- Sound Design: Christine Mills
- Video Projection: Jo Myers
- Costume Design: Garrick Wardrobe
- Military Adviser: CSM Guy Spencer of No 1 (Minden) Company GMACF
Comments Posted to our Twitter Page during the week from some of the audience:
- WOW! What an incredible performance of ‘Oh What a Lovely War!’ My students loved it!?
- Another successful trip to see Oh What a Lovely War! at the @AltrinchamG what a fab way to extend learning and experience!
- Well done to the cast and crew at @AltrinchamGm for “Oh What a Lovely War” – very well performed and timely!
- Excellent performance tonight by all cast and crew. Took me back 33 years. Will be singing all the songs
- -Superb production of Oh, What a Lovely War @AltrinchamG Brilliantly talented and versatile cast
The Set – at the planning stages!
Remotegoat Review by Julia Taylor
Glimmer of Hope and Carnage
Oh what a lovely idea for Altrincham Garrick to put on Oh, What a Lovely War in the centenary year of the Great War between 1914 and 1918. Joan Littlewood’s 1963 musical, presented in the guise of a Pierrot show, illustrates the futility of battle with popular songs of the time such as Keep the Home Fires Burning and Pack up your Troubles in your old kit bag.?The singing and dancing by a lively cast is good probably because Simon Murray?s accompaniment on keyboard is so invigorating. It is a team effort so I won?t name individuals. The sound and light of shells created by Lauren Sanders and Christine Mills are so realistic they make you jump. Casualty numbers and original photographs are projected on the white curtains of the Pierrot Show to recreate the four years of carnage. Scott Ransome gives a comic cut performance as a sergeant drilling his troops with deranged fervour. There is an unforgettable scene of hope amongst the horror when, on Christmas Day, 1914, the British and German troops leave their trenches to give presents and sing carols. A lump comes into your throat when the Germans sing Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night). It’s an unpalatable fact that over 37 million members of the military and civilians were casualties of the war to end all wars. Nevertheless, you will still enjoy the songs and the subtle humour of yesteryear.
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