Theatre

Keep Smiling Through

Date: Monday, Nov 18 - Saturday, Nov 23
Venue: Alma Tavern & Theatre

Locals Ministry of Entertainment reprise their wonderfully authentic WW2 comedy.

Mrs Gerrish prepares herself for a morning of queueing. She goes through her checklist: Ration book? Check. Identity card? Check. Gas Mask? Check. “Is your journey really necessary?” Yes it bloomin’ well is! Clothing coupons? Check.

That smoke-damaged dress in the window of Grafton’s Ladies Outfitters on Castle Street was going to be hers at any cost. No ‘make-do-and-mend’ today.

Meanwhile next door… Mr Hobbs, just in from a night of fire-watching, prepares to do a shift of ‘private’ business before starting work at Bristol Aeroplane C… oops! Careless talk costs lives! He goes through his checklist: Stockings? Check. Petrol coupons? Check. Shock-proof watches? Ooh, look here, one of ‘em is working. What a shock! And they have the cheek to call him a spiv!

This is their story: two people, neighbours, helping each other out through Britain’s darkest hour. The tales they have to tell are true, gathered from wartime housewives, Home Guards, factory workers, ARP Wardens, GIs and those who saw a city at war through children’s eyes. All set to music of the era, creating a wonderful period feel from memories both happy and sad.

Nov 18-23, 7.30pm, £11/£9 concs.

 

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By steve wright, Thursday, Oct 10 2019

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