VenueMinerva Theatre
CountyWest Sussex
From10th June 2016
Opened15th June 2016
To2nd July 2016
When19:45. Jun 16 19:00. Jun 18,23,25,29, Jul 2 Mats 14:45
What is currently on at Minerva Theatre (V1310317653)
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First Light

First LightT0303728984
July 1916. Albert Ingham and Alfred Longshaw are crouched in a muddy, rat-infested trench in France. These sharp and funny young soldiers from a battalion of the Manchester Pals are about to take part in one of the most savage assaults in the history of human warfare, The Battle of the Somme. Their survival is a miracle. Their company has lost 600 men. Overwhelmed by the sheer horror of the experience, neither of them dare stare extinction in the face again. So, when they are ordered to transfer to the Machine Gun Corps and return to the blood-soaked front line, they decide, for the first time in their young lives, to take their fragile destiny in their own trembling hands. But becoming a deserter, that most embarrassing and shameful sort of fighting man, takes more courage than they ever knew they had.
Author Mark Hayhurst

Archive :: production:T0303728984, play:S5736611, venue:V1310317653

Production details

Special Performances

  • 1 Jul 16 Audio Described
  • 2 Jul 16 Audio Described


Producer Chichester Festival Theatre
Director Jonathan Munby
Design Paul Wills
Lighting Tim Mitchell
Music Alex Baranowski
Sound Fergus O'Hare
Director Danny McGrath (movement director)
Director Gabrielle Dawes (casting director)
Performer Phil Davis
Performer Tom Gill
Performer David Moorst
Performer Amelda Brown
Performer Phililp Cumbus
Performer Alex Jordan
Performer Niall McNamee
Performer Sam Phillips
Performer Tim Preston
Performer Kelly Price
Performer Ed Sayer
Performer Freddie Watkins
Performer Andrew Westfield
Performer Andrew Woodall

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