Exploring the ravages of war, past and present

Passion takes real testimony from families in the South to look at life in the First World War and the Afghan war.
Passion takes real testimony from families in the South to look at life in the First World War and the Afghan war.
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On Thursday, the Groundlings host a brand new play interweaving the stories of five families from the First World War and the war in Afghanistan.

Multi-award winning As One Theatre Company present Passion, which integrates real testimony with in-depth research to tell the stories of families 100 years apart.

Passion reveals how the ravages of war ripple through the generations by taking audiences into the living room of news-obsessed parents, the diaries of soldiers, down the camera lens and on to the battlefield, then and now.

The company’s artistic director Jane McKell used media and the internet to gather stories from around the south coast and the west country.

Accompanied by film and radio expert Andy Worth, they interviewed families from places as diverse as Bournemouth and Bath.

Jane says: ‘‘It has been a privilege to talk with the families involved in creating this play. Their stories have touched and thrilled us, and although very personal, are universal.’

The play is directed by Peter Leslie Wild, written by Stephanie Dale and with original live music from Tim Laycock.

Passion comes to the Groundlings on Thursday, November 20 at 8pm.

Tickets: £12 adults, £10 concessions, for more information visit groundlings.co.uk or call (023) 9273 7370.