ONE of the finest plays about the First World War, RC Sherriff’s Journey’s End, has been chosen by Sturminster Newton Amateur Dramatic Society for its spring production, at The Exchange from 17th to 19th and at Weymouth Pavilion on Thursday 24th May.
Marking the anniversary of the end of the Great War, the play is directed by John Skinner.
“At times of great social upheaval, the arts help society understand events, deal with complex emotions and recover from collective trauma,” he says. “As we enter the final year of commemorations marking 100 years since the end of the First World, the conflict continues to have a significant presence on the UK stage.”
Written in 1927, Journey’s End draws on the playwright’s experience of combat in the First World War. It is set in a British Officers’ dugout at St Quentin, over a period of four days in 1918, immediately prior to Operation Michael. Part of the German Spring Offensive, it is recognised as the battle that started the end of the war. It is a story of comradeship, fear and heroism.
It was Sherriff’s intention to pay tribute to his brothers-in-arms and the virtues of duty, perseverance and comradeship which he experienced on the Western Front.
Almost 80 years since its premiere, the powerful message of Journey’s End still resonates with modern audiences in a time when conflict seems to show no sign of abating.
The SNADS cast includes Adrian Harding, Tony Harrison, Richard Jones, Alan Morris, Bill Peat, Trevor Puckett, Charles Snell, Joel Warner and George and Tom Popit.
For more information, telephone 01258 475137 or visit the website, www.stur-exchange.co.uk