Rolling up their sleeves for the home front

Lilies On The Land is being performed at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton from May 29-June 2.

Lilies On The Land is being performed at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton from May 29-June 2.

Heaven on Earth writer Sara Jeffs with Russell Watson

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The land girls were an important part of the Second World War at home. Determined to help serve their country, the women went out into the fields to keep the country ticking over.

Doing long hours and backbreaking work on farms across the country, the land girls did their best for the war effort.

One production that looks at the roles of these hard-working women is Lilies On The Land, which is being performed at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton from May 29-June 2.

Presented by Fresh Glory Productions, it’s going on tour following its West End run at the Arts Theatre in 2010 and its UK tour last year.

Based on letters and interviews with hundreds of original land girls along with songs from the period, Lilies On The Land looks at how these women, hailing from all different walks of life, deal not only with the hardships of farming life and the pressures of war, but also with being outsiders in new surroundings.

With work clothes full of mice and toilet rolls falling from the skies, they have to learn what it takes to get them through.

Kate Copeland plays Margie, Sarah Finch plays Poppy, Catriona Martin plays Vera and Kai Peacock plays Peggy.

Tickets cost £10.50 to £19 from the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8067 1771 or go to nuffieldtheatre.co.uk.

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