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Drama society marks 100 years since end of First World War with My Boy Jack

PUBLISHED: 14:41 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:42 22 May 2018

Some of the group in rehearsals for My Boy Jack. Picture: Burnt Ash Drama Association

Some of the group in rehearsals for My Boy Jack. Picture: Burnt Ash Drama Association

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To mark the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War, Bromley's Burnt Ash Drama Association will be showing three performances of David Haig's My Boy Jack, based on the true story by Rudyard Kipling.

the production will be shown from May 31 - June 1. Picture: Burnt Ash Drama Associationthe production will be shown from May 31 - June 1. Picture: Burnt Ash Drama Association

Set in 1913 when war with Germany was imminent, the play focuses on Rudyard Kipling’s determination to send his myopic son to war, which triggers a bitter family conflict that leaves Britain’s renowned patriot devastated by the warring of his own greatest passions: his love for children - above all, his own - and his devotion to king and country.

The compelling play explores the effect the war had on the everyday lives of many families whose sons were lost or missing in action on the chillingly terrifying battlefields during the Great War of 1914-18, and is made even more poignant and topical by the tensions in the world today.

Director of the Burnt Ash production, Chris Williams, said: “It’s an extremely moving play and very relevant this year, with it being the 100 years since the of the end of the First World War.

“That was my main reasoning for wanting to do this play this year.”

She spoke of the challenges a play like this brings: “As a play it is challenging to stage and direct because it is set in three different locations: the Kipling house in Sussex; the army medical office and the trenches.

“Of course, being a small group, we actually have to build the sets and design everything.

“So from a staging perspective it is hard.

“It’s so moving but it makes you understand the loss of life and the consequences of the war - the hopelessness of it all.”

The award-winning drama association was founded in September 1961 in Bromley.

The society produces plays from tear jerking tragedies to laugh out loud comedies, and welcome all newcomers from any age, even those with no stage experience.

The show opens on Thursday May 31 and will run until Saturday June 2, at St. Andrew’s Hall, Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley.

For tickets, call the box office on 07482952550.

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