Youth theatre groups mark centenary of First World War

Cast rehearsing for Oh What a Lovely War at the Kings
Cast rehearsing for Oh What a Lovely War at the Kings
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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, two young theatre groups have come together to create a special production at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.

The Kings Youth Theatre Leading Lights and Victory-Land Theatre School have joined forces to produce Joan Littlewood’s light-hearted, yet moving play Oh What A Lovely War.

Built upon the songs and stories of the British soldiers that fought in the Great War, this whimsical story gives a humorous representation of life in the trenches. Sombre buffoonery mixes with the bawdy, tough humour of men on the front line resulting in a unique examination of conflict.

The story is told through a collection of irreverent and poignant songs including well-known favourites; Pack Up Your Troubles, Keep The Home Fires Burning and Oh It’s a Lovely War.

Still as relevant today as it was when first seen in London in 1963, this satirical musical is an entertaining and thought-provoking evening to mark the centenary.

Oh What A Lovely War comes to the Kings Theatre, tonight at 7.30pm and tomorrow at 2.30pm. Tickets: £10-£12, concessions available.

Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kings-southsea.com for more details.