Commemorate the centenary of The Armistice with New Wimbledon Theatre
On 11 November 1918 at precisely 5:00am, The Armistice was signed, its terms coming into effect five hours later. Ceasing just over 4 years of brutal trench warfare and bringing an end to the mass scale slaughters of the First World War that amounted to a death toll of over 31 million. We at New Wimbledon Theatre invite you to commemorate The Armistice with us 100 years later and remember those who lost their lives.
With that in mind we present to you, Pack Up Your Troubles! Join The Paper Moon Theatre Company on Tuesday 9 October for a heartwarming musical celebration of the end of World War 1. This charming production brings to life the classic songs of the era such as Pack Up Your Troubles, It's A Long Way To Tipperary, Keep The Home Fires Burning and If You Were The Only Girl In The World. An uplifting dramatisation, capturing the sense of civilian morale bolstered in Britain as a result of patriotism during The Great War, whilst celebrating its ultimate denouement. The perfect family treat to honour The Armistice that ended it all.
The Great War was considered 'the war to end all war', (coined by H.G Wells), but of course, it wasn't, it left in its wake a bitter Germany and subsequently the political environment for Hitler and the Nazi party to gain popularity. Their sentiments and behaviours leading Germany and the rest of the world into a second great war, World War II. Join us once more in remembrance with WWII drama, The Secret Letters of Gertie and Hen in our studio, Monday 29 October - Saturday 3 November.
With the day of annual reminiscence of The
Armistice becoming an epoch to not only remember the end of the First World War
and the deaths that it spawned, but a day to further recollect all members of
the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. So, what better way to
dwell upon remembrance, than with this quaint exploration into World War II and
its effect on civilian life both at home and in Germany? The Secret Letters of
Gertie and Hen shows the war through the eyes of two ten-year-old pen friends
who find themselves caught in the political crossfire. Gertie lives with her
mother, father and two sisters in Berlin, whilst Hen resides in Balham, London,
with her parents and younger brother. Though now enemies by association, the
girls struggle to remember their friendship from before the war, and continue
to write to one another throughout their time of need. This piece is a tender,
yet harrowing drama that takes your through the war from start to end. A
beautiful historical snapshot performed intimately and truthfully by the up and
coming Key Theatre Company.
But if that's not enough, we've got a further gritty look into war in our studio, this time focalising on Vietnam.A Piece of My Heart, 17 - 20 October, is a powerful, true drama following six women who went to Vietnam: three nurses, a Red Cross worker, an Army intelligence officer, and a country & western/pop singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during and after her tour in the war-torn jungle and ends as each leaves a personal token at The Wall in Washington.
A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club, and now has enjoyed over 1,000 productions both in the United States and abroad. It has recently been named 'The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation' by The Vietnam Vets Association. The New York Times riposted: 'There have been a number of plays dealing with Vietnam, but none with the direct, emotional impact of Ms. Lauro's work.' And the added benefit of purchasing a ticket to this particular theatrical event is that all ticket proceeds from this show will be forwarded to Crosslight Advice, an independent charity, which works to combat poverty and hardship caused by the burden of unmanageable debt and lack of financial capability. A further method by which to do your bit, whilst enjoying thrilling theatre that remembers the guilt of the past.
We hope to welcome you soon to this short centenary season!
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
- We Shall Keep the Faith, Moina Michael, November 1918