Strasbourg’s Théâtre Volière is delighted to announce it brings an English language version of its haunting new play about decadence, repression, and the allure of war to The Courtyard Theatre, Shoreditch.
1900. A French and an English boy find themselves living in a dilapidated manor house in the Home Counties. Charles is a would-be poète maudit. Alfred likes Kipling. They share an Alsacien governess with a tragic secret. Bored, struggling to communicate, their games take a dark turn. Spirits are invoked, shadows gather, forewarnings of a time when they will meet again, as young men caught up in the horror of the Somme.
Produced by the Anglo-French association Jolly Good Show, and written by award-winning poet Mick Wood, Poilu and Tommy was first commissioned by The Ledbury Poetry Festival. It is the only French theatre project to be part of the Imperial War Museums’ Centenary Partnership Programme, and offers a unique perspective on the cultural background to The Great War. The histories of war-ravaged Alsace, fin-de-siècle Paris, and Edwardian rural England, collide in a beguiling, witty and unsettling piece of theatre.
Théâtre Volière is a touring theatre company, produced by the association Jolly Good Show. It develops new written and devised theatre, bringing artists from across Europe to work with artists and performers from Strasbourg and Alsace. Last summer Théâtre Volière performed ‘PREVERTS ANGELS in Strasbourg and at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in the UK.
20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 26th, 27th 28th February
1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th March
No performances Monday or Sundays
Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions
Ticket Web: 08444771000
The Courtyard Theatre, Bowling Green Walk
40 Pitfield Street, London N1 6EU
Monday 30th December 2013