By brighton1973, Mar 4 2014 09:24PM
What was it like for the men who left Sussex to fight in World War 1 in 1914?
What was it like for those who came back? And the families of those who did not.
World Premiere of “King & Country” at the Brighton Fringe
A powerful new piece of musical theatre by Rottingdean residents Jane Bramwell (Book and Lyrics) and Michael Brand (Music) will be staged as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe on May 22,23 and 25th.
“King & Country” is a musical drama about how the War affected the well-to-do Rokeby family and as the action unfolds the Chorus comments on War as well as and taking the parts of Sussex families. Their contribution includes poignant letters describing local people’s experiences of WW1, and follows the fate of individual soldiers.
Two of the show’s performances are at the Unitarian Church in Brighton which has a striking WW1 commemorative window. The roll of names will be featured, not just as names but as people. (photo available) The last performance will be at the Friends Meeting House.
The show is based on a 1923 play about the War – “The Conquering Hero” by Allan Monkhouse. It also features World War 1 poems by Edward Thomas (d.1917) and Roland Leighton (d.1915), whose fiancée Vera Brittain wrote ‘Testament of Youth’.
For more information go to www.kingandcountryopera.co.uk (synopsis + demo recordings)
Michael Brand 07949 157304