A tale of survival across war-torn Europe

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A family is torn apart by war in Ian Serraillier’s The Silver Sword, and Titchfield Youth Theatre is taking on the play for its spring production.

On Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May 1, 3 and4), the young actors will perform the story of Edek, Ruth and Bronia, three siblings who must learn to survive on their own after their mother is taken away by the Nazis.

They meet Jan, a ragged boy with a paper knife – the silver sword – that belongs to their long lost father. It becomes their symbol of hope as they begin their journey across war-torn Europe.

The cast of 21 includes 84 speaking parts, with many of them having to explore physical theatre to create air raids, rivers, rapids and a storm.

Tickets cost £5.50 to £6.50 from Titchfield Festival Theatre on (01329) 556156 or go to {http://www. titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com|titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com}.