a groundbreaking play based on the experiences of local families on D-Day will be performed for the first time tonight.
Thanks to £100,000 of Lottery cash the arts organisation WemsFest is staging Tomorrow Will Be Too Late, a tale set in Emsworth on New Year’s Eve, 1943, as soldiers descend on the town and surrounding areas in the relentless build-up to D-Day.
The free tickets have been snapped up for the opening night but there are five more chances to see the specially-commissioned performance written by local playwrights Lucy Flannery and Julian Sluggett.
Military planning has gone into putting on the open-air play which will be staged in the North Street car park, in Emsworth. Local actors have been cast in the roles of three families – the working-class Evans, the middle-class Eltons and the rich Elliots.
Lucy said: ‘The cast have risen magnificently to the challenge of an extremely demanding production.
‘From the very youngest to the very oldest, they have all worked incredibly hard to deliver what promises to be an outstanding event.’
The play is just one of dozens of events taking place. There will be singing, dancing, talks and creative activities across the borough.
For more details go to wemsfest.com
n Meanwhile, at Emsworth Museum, volunteer Bob Duncan has put together an exhibition on the effects of the war and build-up to D-Day on the people of Emsworth. It is on every weekend until June 22.