Killed: July 17th 1916 archiveKitchener called. Brave working men, often from the same town and factories, answered in their tens of thousands. They became known as the 'Pals' Battalions. During World War One over three million men were slaughtered in the fields of France. 306 of those men did not die for King and Country. No trial. No hope. No pardon. They were executed by firing squad for desertion in the face of the enemy. For one terror stricken boy in khaki the end was a kitchen chair hidden in a French quarry. This is his story. Billy Dean is a young volunteer soldier, who has been found guilty of desertion in the face of the enemy. The sentence: execution by firing squad 5.30am July 17th 1916. Inspired by the eye witness account of Private P.J. Kennedy, 18th Manchester Regiment, of the execution by firing squad of a fellow soldier for desertion in the face of the enemy: Killed: July 17th 1916 was originally created by the Theatre in Education Company at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.

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Archive listings for Killed: July 17th 1916

Work type: Play.


Company Bang Theatre. Director Elizabeth Elstub. Design Dave Benson. Lighting Tom Kitney. Costume Costume Up. Performer Pearce Sampson (Billy Dean). Performer Mabel Wright (May Dean). Performer Annabelle Green (Elsie). Performer Tom Woodward (Tommy/Private Walsh). Performer Jordan Alexander (Captain Howard). Performer Neil Hobbs (RSM). Performer Samantha Roberts (Patriotic Woman).
5 Aug 14 to 9 Aug 14Jack Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre), Outer London :: V299
listing details L1399675664


Company The Royal Theatre Northampton.
16 Nov 98Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V752
listing details L044303724

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4 Nov 98 to 7 Nov 98Royal & Derngate, Northampton :: V449
listing details L0473444675

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