Bang Theatre Presents KILLED: JULY 17TH 1916 in London, Now thru Aug 9
To commemorate the centenary of World War One, Bang Theatre presents "Killed: July 17th 1916", originally created by The Theatre in Education Company at the Belgrade Theatre, running today 5 to Saturday 9 August at 7.45pm.
Kitchener called. Brave working men, often from the same town and factories, answered in their tens of thousands. They became known as the 'Pals' Battalions. During World War One over three million men were slaughtered in the fields of France.
306 of those men did not die for King and Country. No trial. No hope. No pardon.
They were executed by firing squad for desertion in the face of the enemy. For one terror stricken boy in khaki the end was a kitchen chair hidden in a French quarry. This is his story.
Billy Dean is a young volunteer soldier, who has been found guilty of desertion in the face of the enemy. The sentence: execution by firing squad 5.30am July 17th 1916.
Inspired by the eye witness account of Private P.J. Kennedy, 18th Manchester Regiment, of the execution by firing squad of a fellow soldier for desertion in the face of the enemy: Killed: July 17th 1916 was originally created by the Theatre in Education Company at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.
Cast: Billy Dean - Pearce Sampson; May Dean - Mabel Wright; Elsie - Annabelle Green; Tommy and Private Walsh - Tom Woodward; Captain Howard - Jordan Alexander; RSM - Neil Hobbs; and Patriotic Woman - Samantha Roberts.
Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
410 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2DH
Tickets: £14, £11 concessions
Box office: www.brockleyjack.co.uk or 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only)
Dates: Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 August 2014
Performances at 7.45pm