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Harking back in time ' The Three Belles.

Harking back in time ' The Three Belles.

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The Second World War is well under way and the dark times of the Blitz are descending on London.

Up and down the country people are bracing themselves for what the days ahead might bring, but three women decide to boost morale and form a singing troupe.

The New Theatre Royal will be home to wartime characters and the sounds of air raids on Saturday (February 2) as The Three Belles perform Sing, Sing, Sing.

Anneka Wass, who plays Betty in the group, says: ‘It’s our own theatre show set in the 1940s, and it features our three personas. We wanted to do a mix of singing and acting.’

‘These women live through the Second World War, the hardship and the good times. Dorothy is worried about her husband who is at war, Betty joins the Women’s Voluntary Service and Gail is looking for love.’

The University of Portsmouth graduates first came up with the idea in 2011, not long after they graduated from their degrees in creative and performing arts, and have worked with author Matt Wingett to bring it to life.

The production will feature monologues and sketches from the young performers, as well as a live band on stage throughout.

Anneka adds: ‘We have read real letters and stories, and based our characters on real people.’

The three singers have performed it elsewhere, but Portsmouth is the one they are worried about: ‘We wanted to iron out any problems, although we have enjoyed it.

‘Portsmouth is like our home town, so we’re doing workshops and trying to sort out any kinks. It’s exciting because we’ve got other performances lined up too, and we’re hoping to take the show on tour over the summer.’

Tickets cost £10 to £15 from the New Theatre Royal on (023) 9264 9000 or go to newtheatreroyal.com.

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