Northern Broadsides will present the world premiere production of An August Bank Holiday Lark, a new play by Deborah McAndrew, at Derby Theatre, from An August Bank Holiday Lark.
Directed by Barrie Rutter, it can be seen there from May 20-24.
Taking its title from a line in Philip Larkin’s poem MCMXIV, An August Bank Holiday Lark commemorates the centenary of the start of the First World War and explores what impact war has on a rural community in East Lancashire.
Set in the idyllic summer of 1914 in rural Lancashire, everyone in the community is excited about Wakes week; a rest from field and mill and a celebration of the Rushbearing Festival with singing, courting, drinking and dancing.
The looming war barely registers … but it will.
Through the lens of traditional rural life, the play follows the stories of the people of the village and witnesses their personal transitions from exuberance to touching naivety as they deal with their loss with courage and humanity.
Deborah McAndrew said: “An August Bank Holiday Lark focuses on one small community and the, often overlooked, British involvement on the Eastern Front.
“Countless Lancashire lads exchanged the soft Pennine drizzle for the searing Turkish sun and gave their lives at The August Offensive in Gallipoli.”
Tickets to see it are £10.50-£25.50.
For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 593939.