Portsmouth writer makes play debut

Jo's War will be at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea on March 3.
Jo's War will be at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea on March 3.
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Everyone was talking about the Military Wives over the Christmas period. With the fastest selling single of the past six years, they captured the heart of the nation.

Now, after the music, comes a play written by a Royal Marine’s wife from Portsmouth.

Lucy Bell is the woman behind Jo’s War, which is being performed at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea on March 3.

Steve has gone to Afghanistan, leaving his girlfriend Jo behind, who’s not entirely sure how to deal with it. But her mother-in-law, Sue, isn’t so fazed, and has seen it happen before.

The play was chosen as the winner of the Ronald Duncan Playwriting Competition, run by Leeds-based company Encore Drama, and has been shown in Leeds, Ilkley, and Richmond in Yorkshire.

Tickets cost £8.50 to £10 from Groundlings Theatre, Portsea on (023) 9273 7370 or go to groundlings.co.uk.