Oh What a Lovely War

Mon 21st – Wed 23rd Nov 2011


“Told through the songs and documents of the period, it's a satirical attack on the military incompetence”





Blackeyed Theatre Company in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre and The Courtyard Centre for the Arts


Over ninety years on from the Armistice, Oh What a Lovely War remains a classic of the modern theatre and a powerful reminder of the atrocities of a war that cost twenty million lives. Told through the songs and documents of the period, it's a satirical attack on the military incompetence and inconceivable disregard for human life the First World War has come to represent and a chilling reminder of man's inhumanity to man.

At turns satirical, funny and deeply moving, Oh What a Lovely War has a style all of its own, combining live music, dance, songs and sketches to create a picture of life for those on the front line and those behind it. Don't miss Blackeyed Theatre's revival of its hugely acclaimed production from 2008, featuring five actor musicians who play, sing and act their way through one of the greatest satires ever written. This is Oh What a Lovely War as Joan Littlewood intended and an unforgettable theatrical experience.

"Magnificent... Extraordinary... As haunting as it is harrowing... Astonishing power... Any assumption that Oh! What a Lovely War is a period piece is shot to shrapnel. Forty years on, we need Littlewood's vision more than ever. Blackeyed Theatre restore it to us with astonishing power. Catch it if you can" The Stage

"One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre" The Stage

"Incredibly moving... Theatre at its best. Blackeyed Theatre breathes new life into this classic. See it

while you can" Ross Gazette

"Fast, energetic and immaculately choreographed. Joan Littlewood would have been delighted by this

production... A remarkable evening" Hexham Courant

Admission: £11.50(£8.50)

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