Monday, 21 April 2014

'My Boy Jack' in Old Buckenham

Can any sacrifice be justified?
It is a question as relevant to modern times as it was at the beginning of WW1. Rudyard Kipling, famed for his classic stories such as 'The Jungle Books' and 'Kim' as well as his poetry such as the internationally loved 'If', was incredibly influential in the recruitment of troops and the propaganda office during The Great War. Perhaps less well known, is the enormous impact that the war had on him and his family.
Old Buckenham Players are bringing this incredibly moving and challenging story to life in the play 'My Boy Jack' by David Haig (Thin Blue Line, Four Weddings and a Funeral) which was also made into a highly acclaimed TV film which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Carey Mulligan and Kim Cattrall as well as David Haig himself.

Beginning in September 1913 when war with Germany was imminent, Rudyard Kipling's determination to send his severely short sighted son to war triggers an emotional family conflict which leaves Britain's renowned patriot devastated by the warring of his own greatest passions; his love for children - above all, his own - and his devotion to King and Country.
Old Buckenham Players will perform this most powerful and dramatic of plays nightly from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 May, starting at 7.30pm. Performances will be held at Old Buckenham Village hall. Tickets cost only £7 and can be purchased from Old Buckenham Stores, Nuts 'n' Bolts in Attleborough or by calling 01603 810373.

(Note that this play contains strong language).

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