Forest Forge, the New Forest based theatre company, returns to Lighthouse at Poole on 3rd April with a double bill of plays exploring how war has shaped the lives of generations.
Research across Hampshire by the writer, David Howarth, has, he says, “uncovered deeply personal and unique accounts of how warfare has affected the lives of ordinary people over the past 100 years.
“Everywhere I have looked I have found stories of bravery and honour, and of stoicism in the face of challenge.
“These plays are the result of real people being honest about their experiences, their memories and their history. Hopefully it is the uncrushable human spirit that shines through them all.”
The cast of Battle Lines is made up of three actor musicians who will play various characters through the two stories, The Call Up, and Keep Smiling Through.
The first follows the story of Hampshire men who volunteer and the emotional impact on them and their families The second play draws on reminiscences from people all over Hampshire and explores the highs and lows of the evacuee experience during the Second World War.
Accompanying the show will be an interactive display exploring the research aspect of the project with film, podcasts, images and letters, giving a snapshot of the wealth of information that helped form the shows.
See The Call Up in The Studio at Lighthouse on 3rd April at 10.30am, Keep Smiling Through at 1pm, or both in a double bill at 8pm. More information and tickets at £9, or £12 for the double bill, on 0844 406 8666.