New Theatre Royal & Old Salt Theatre to Present TENDER LOVING CARE, 4-20 June
The New Theatre Royal, with associate company Old Salt Theatre, will present Tender Loving Care, a new play from acclaimed playwright Vickie Donoghue, about the women of D-Day during the Normandy landings.
Supported by Arts Council England and celebrating D-Days 70th anniversary, Tender Loving Care remembers the efforts of the women who stayed behind in Southsea and contributed to the war effort through the care they gave to the injured soldiers. The term 'tender loving care' having been coined by nurses within those wards when simply nothing could be done to improve their patients' condition.
Director of Tender Loving Care, Ian Nicholson said "During the 70th anniversary of D-Day it is important that all those effected be remembered and celebrated for their contribution to the landings. Many women in Southsea did so much during the time with very little recognition. The story of Tender Loving Care explores the experiences of those women based on accounts uncovered at Portsmouth museum archives."
The production will be held at The Square Tower in Old Portsmouth, situated at Southsea beach, where the piece is set and will be shown there for the first time 4th-17th June before visiting local schools and finishing the run at Hilsea Lido 1st and 20th June.
Ticket prices start from £8 for armed forces personal, senior citizens and students and £12 for full price tickets.
The New Theatre Royal is currently undergoing an extensive rebuild project meaning that all productions are being held at alternative venues across Portsmouth.
Old Salt, previously known as tinder theatre, specialise in tales of Portsmouth's history and people.
Vicki Donoghue is a young play write from Essex whose debut full-length play, Mudlarks, was developed through High Tides Escalator Programme and produced by The Bush, following its premier at the 2012 High Tide Festival. The play garnered wide spread critical acclaim.