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Oh! What a lovely week for a show

 

From Thursday until Saturday this week, St. Albans Youth Music Theatre and the Company of Teens join forces to present Oh! What A Lovely War .

The show was first shown in 1963 when it changed attitudes about the First World War.

It was original because it viewed the war from the perspective of the common soldier, and counterpointed popular songs such as It’s a Long way to Tipperary and Pack Up Your Troubles with statistics from newsreels of the time projected onto the stage.

‘In the original performance, the actors were dressed in Pierrot costumes,’ explains director Beccy Baird. ‘We’ve drawn the inspiration for our production from turn of the century music hall and circus, and are using a two-storey set for our thirteen actors, dressed with all the props and costumes they need.

‘The company play a huge range of roles, from Belgian generals to Serbian spies, chorus girls to suffragettes, and the audience see the action played out both behind the scenes and front of house in a theatre, overseen by a rather sinister impressario.’

You can hear a feature about this production on BBC 3CR here.

Performances take place on the Main Stage from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 July at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturday 14 July at 2.30pm. Book tickets here or call the box office on 01727 857861.

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