VenueOctagon Theatre
Other spaces: Bill Naughton Theatre
CountyGreater Manchester
From9th October 2014
Opened10th October 2014
To1st November 2014
When19:30. Oct 20 17:00. Oct 10,18,22,25 Mats 14:00
PricesFrom £10.00. To £26.50.
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Early One Morning

Early One MorningT01432533230
Flanders, August 21st 1917. British forces advancing towards Passchendaele are struggling through driving rain and mud. The fighting is fierce and bloody. Each day thousands are killed, wounded or lost to oblivion. Two miles behind the front line a Field General Court Martial begins. Private James Smith of the King's Liverpool Regiment is charged with desertion. This is the moving and compelling story of a Bolton soldier, who for three years has been fighting in some of the fiercest battles of the First World War. He has been wounded, received two Good Conduct Medals, and been promoted. He is now on trial for his life. Over 300 British soldiers were shot at dawn during the First World War. In 2006 they were granted a pardon that recognised them to be as much victims of war as the soldiers who died in battle. And at last, 92 years after his death, Private James Smith's name was entered in Bolton's Roll of Honour of soldiers who died in the Great War.
Author Les Smith

Archive :: production:T01432533230, play:S102504639, venue:V480

Production details

Early One Morning was commissioned and first produced by the Octagon in 1998.

Special Performances

  • 16 Oct 14 Audio Described
  • 30 Oct 14 Sign Interpreted


Presented byOctagon Theatre Bolton
Director David Thacker
Design James Cotterill
Sound Amy Smith
Lighting Jason Taylor
Costume Mary Horan
Performer John Branwell
Performer Tristan Brooke
Performer Colin Connor
Performer James Dutton
Performer Ciaran Kellgren
Performer Michael Shelford (Private James Smith)
Performer Jessica Baglow (Lizzie Cartwright)

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