We are delighted to announce that MESH Theatre Co brings the classic WW1 drama JOURNEY'S END to Ypres this Autumn for a five week run at the town's Kruitmagazijn (Ammunitions Dump) from the 10th October to 12th November 2017.
About MESH theatre Co
MESH theatre brings quality proficient theatre to the First World War Battlefields of Northern France & Belgium bringing History to Life from the trenches in poignant locations close to the sites where so many lives were lost.
Journey's End by R C Sherriff
It is one hundred years since Sherriff was injured at Passchendaele in the 3rd Battle of Ypres.
Sherriff's ground-breaking play is the only drama about WW1 written by someone who fought in the war. When it was first staged in London in 1928 (with Laurence Olivier in the lead) a critic said "it is not so much a play as a memorial to the dead." It went 'viral' in the 1930s with over 30 productions worldwide in 18 different languages, including a German film version which was banned by the Nazis.
Set in a dugout over four days leading up to a massive attack, it charts the tension, claustrophobia and cold terror experienced by a company of British officers as new recruit, Lieutenant Raleigh, discovers Captain Stanhope, his childhood friend and hero, has changed almost beyond recognition.
Sheriff said of his characters: "I did not need to create them: they just walked out fully formed on to the page."
MESH Theatre will perform a centenary homecoming production at the historic Kruitmagazijn from the 10th October to 12 November 2017.
Proud Partners of MESH Theatre Co.
We are proud to partner with MESH & will be able to arrange for school groups who are taking a tour with us to the Battlefields during the five week theatre performance in the Autumn to book tickets for the show subject to availability. Please contact us for further details.
Journey's End & Exposure English Literature Tour
Planning an English Tour, take your class on our Journey's End & Exposure English Literature Tour which is set in a British trench near St Quentin in the days leading up to the launch of the Ludendorff Offensive on 21st March,1918. Sherriff served on the Western Front from late 1916 until he was wounded at the beginning of the battle of Passchendaele in 1917. He was able to draw on his experiences as a front line company commander to provide his work with authenticity & to explore themes & ideas which would have been familiar to him. Wilfred Owen's poem Exposure is also included to offer a further contemporary voice & view of the war.