Distinctive amateur drama
in Northampton since 1932
Registered Charity No. 294848
by R.C. Sherrif
Tue 14 - Sat 18 February 2017 at 7.30pm
The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, Northampton, NN1 3JA
Ste Applegate, director
While studying R. C. Sherrifs Play Journeys End while at school, I was fascinated with the characters and their stories.
I first saw a production of the play at The Duke of Yorks Theatre in London. The atmosphere and sight of the trench set transported me to 1918.
I was living the life my Great Uncle, Private Harold Applegate (25th Battalion, Nova Scotia Regiment, Canadian Infantry) before he was shot and killed trying to take the French town of Courcelette.
The sound of war from beyond the trench and the smell of wood, smoke and canvas will always stay with me.
Since school, I have seen many different variations of the play, each time finding myself getting more and more entwined with the stories it tells.
The play takes place in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, Aisne, between 18 March 1918 and 21 March 1918. It mainly follows five officers during the first few days of their takeover of the officers' dugout during the run-up to the real-life events of Operation Michael.
This is Ste Applegate's directorial debut for Masque Theatre. He is familiar to Masque Theatre audiences having appeared in Becket (2014), A Man For All Seasons (2013), The Beggar's Opera (2013), Nicholas Nickleby (2012) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (2012)
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