WORDS OF WAR

First production directed by Lloyd Spencer, Deep End Company: Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre, October 2014

World War One was supposed to be the war to end all wars. . . As four Cheltenham soldiers struggle to survive this turbulent time, they are further troubled by rifts and rivalries between them.   At the centre of their differences, Kath, a doctor’s daughter, nurse, and suffragette. As a grandmother, Kath looks back and shows and tells her suitors’ stories through flashbacks and letters.    

Words of War is a two-act play devised and written by Howard Timms with Playhouse New Drama writers:
Alexsandra Andrejevich, Annie Ellis, Min Lacey, and Marilyn Timms; & Deep End actors: Cliff Cocks, Wayne Nolan, Mary Peterson, Lloyd Spencer, Anja Stevens, Neil Webber, and Adam Wright.

Revews of the play                  Chats with Grandma Inspired Cheltenham Playwright

Playwright’s Note. My heartfelt thanks to Deep End Company for inviting me to lead the devising process and write this play. Min Lacey, member of Playhouse New Drama and Deep End, instigated the collaboration between the two Playhouse resident companies. All of the above have made significant contributions in ideas, themes, character development, and drafting dialogue. Anja, Lloyd, Marilyn, Mary, and Neil made particularly strong and time-consuming contributions, in addition to their directing or acting roles. The plot and characterization is largely mine, and any remaining blemishes, omissions, or errors are entirely mine.

World War One was supposed to be the war to end all wars. . . As four Cheltenham soldiers struggle to survive this turbulent time, they are further troubled by rifts and rivalries between them.   At the centre of their differences, Kath, a doctor’s daughter, nurse, and suffragette. Through letters and flashbacks, Kath shows and tells her suitors’ stories.

First performance: 22-25 October 2014 at Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre, directed by Lloyd Spencer.

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