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by C P Taylor

Directed by Yvana Reeves

Friday 21st – Saturday 29th January 2011 in the Auditorium

A bittersweet love story that is ultimately uplifting.

Helen tells her story of falling in love with a soldier, set against the backdrop of how her working class family copes with life during World War II in Newcastle. We eavesdrop in on her memories of her own and her family's preoccupations during a time of huge change, from the first air raids to VE Day. We watch as she faces the revelations that threaten to break her heart. Full of the songs of the period as the family work, play, love, laugh and worry their way through the War.

Tickets

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Show Talks

Free-of-charge pre- and post-show talks:

  • Tuesday 25th at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
    Director Yvana Reeves discusses mixing WWII music with a lame woman’s memories.
  • Wednesday 26th at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
    Dr. Cindy Lawford considers C. P. Taylor and his Newcastle.
  • Thursday 27th after the performance
    Cast members stay on stage to answer audience questions.
This music-rich tragi-comedy is a tumbling, everything-within, fly-on-the-wall look at a Newcastle family from the day World War Two breaks out until its end.

He has a unique ability to present momentous historical events through the drama of ordinary lives.

Filled with the music of the 1940s, this bitter-sweet comedy is an affectionate and moving picture of the survival of everyday life in turbulent time

Taylor's eye and ear for detail and his depiction of the human heart make this simple romance into a story of wit and passion.

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Part of the Barn’s 2010/2011 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club

Cast

Helen Stott-Tammy Wall
Joyce Stott-Catherine Rocca
Da - George-Mike Smith
Mam - Peggy-Siobhán Hill Elam
Granda - Andie-John Walton
Eric-Elliot Brown
Norman-Rhett Keene

Creative team

Director-Yvana Reeves
Stage Manager-Robert Gill
Set Design-Robert Gill
Assistant Stage Manager-Heather Gill
Production Secretary-Joan Wilson
Production Support-Janet Chapman
Prompter-Anne Woolmington
Marketing / Programme-Sophie Bowman
Sound Team-Tim Lee
Coral Walton
Rob Wallace
Piano Playing-Rachel Dawson
Titles-James Rowles
Lighting Designer-Nick Mogg
Set Building-Richard Deacon
Eric Farlie
Pat Finch
Properties & Set Dressing-Barbara Foster
Kris Moore
Sophie Bowman
Set Decorators-Darren Barsby
Kara Lee
Costumes-Anne Woolmington
Lynne Farr
Dialect Coach-Dave Davis
Hairdressing & Makeup-Diane Pickard
Helen Roff

Special thanks to the Waltons. To Coral for her invaluable help with this production and to John for stepping in as Granda, two weeks before curtain up.

Performances

Friday 21st – Saturday 29th January 2011

Friday 21st January8.00pm 
Saturday 22nd January8.00pm 
Sunday 23rd January2.30pmMatinée
Tuesday 25th January8.00pmShow Talk at 7.30pm: Director Yvana Reeves discusses mixing WWII music with a lame woman’s memories.
Wednesday 26th January8.00pmShow Talk at 7.30pm: Dr. Cindy Lawford considers C. P. Taylor and his Newcastle.
Thursday 27th January8.00pmShow Talk after the performance: Cast members stay on stage to answer audience questions.
Friday 28th January8.00pm 
Saturday 29th January8.00pm 

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