First Light archiveJuly 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
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Work type: Play.


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.
10 Jun 16 to 2 Jul 16Minerva Theatre, Chichester :: V1310317653
listing details L1487364714

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