This September, Arion Productions presents the world premiere of new British musical The White Feather at the Union Theatre. It tells the story of Georgina Briggs whose brother was one of over 300 allied soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World War. She won’t accept the shame and she won’t let it lie. But as she fights for justice a shocking discovery awaits her.
Abigail Matthews (War Horse with National Theatre Productions, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the 360 Degrees Theatre, and the UK and European tours of Evita with Bill Kenwright Ltd) stars as Georgina Briggs while Adam Pettigrew will play her heroic brother Harry (Wicked at the Victoria Apollo, the UK tour of Avenue Q, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Ye Olde Rose and Crown).
Fresh from the stage as Jean Prouvaire in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) Lee Dillon Stuart (UK tour of Oliver! and Carousel (Landor Theatre)) will join the cast as Peter Arthurs, as well as David Flynn, Cameron Leigh, Christopher Blades, Katie Brennan, Kathryn Rutherford, and Zac Hamilton.
The White Feather tells the story of Georgina Briggs whose brother was one of over 300 allied soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World War. She won’t accept the shame and she won’t let it lie. But as she fights for justice a shocking discovery awaits her.
Memorials to the soldiers who fought and died in the Great War grace almost every town and village but 306 names are conspicuous by their absence – the men who were executed by their own side. Some were deserters and others were condemned for putting down their weapons in the course of battle but many were suffering from what we know now as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The White Feather tells the story of one soldier and his suffering and his sister’s lifelong fight for a posthumous pardon. It also encounters the issue of homosexuality in the trenches and the potential shame which faced gay soldiers. With powerful songs and a storyline with a twist, this production has a sharp emotional intensity generated by words and music. The production will feature several wrap-around activities including historical educational talks and discussions about mental health, PTSD and surrounding issues.
The White Feather
Performance Dates Wednesday 16th September – Saturday 17th October 2015
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees, 2.30pm
Running time Approximately 2 hours plus interval
Union Theatre, 204 Union Street, London SE1 0LX
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Book Ross Clark and Andrew Keates
Music Ross Clark, Martin Costlett, Dustin Conrad and Matthew Strachan
Lyrics Ross Clark and Matthew Strachan
Choreographer Anthony Whiteman
Costume Designer Natasha Prynne
Designer Tim McQuillen-Wright
Director Andrew Keates
Dramaturgist Jennifer Bakst
Musical Director Dustin Conrad
Producer Arion Productions Ltd
Sound Designer James Nicholson
Stage Manager Chuck Deer
Voice Coach Sarah Stephenson
Willows – Christopher Blades
Edith – Katie Brennan
Adam Davey – David Flynn
Brown/Edward – Zac Hamilton
Emma Cardinall – Cameron Leigh
Georgina Briggs – Abigail Matthews
Harry Briggs – Adam Pettigrew
Hannah Fisher – Kathryn Rutherford
Peter Arthurs – Lee Dillon Stuart
Monday 24th August 2015