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The Wipers Times


In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres, two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. A tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
The Wipers Times at Arts Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Drama

Director:
Caroline Leslie

Author:
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Production:
The Watermill

Music:
Nick Green

Running time: To be confirmed

Age suitability:
Not available

Background


Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.


Post-show Q&A with writers Ian Hislop and Nick Newman after the Tuesday 26th September performance.


Synopsis


In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops.


Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.


Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.


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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 26 September 2017

Closes:Saturday 30 September 2017

Performance days & times


Evening:

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Wednesday - 2-30pm

Thursday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm


Tickets


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£14.40 - £40.90

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Cast


Kevin Brewer - Henderson

Clio Davies - Lady Somersby/Madame Fifi

Sam Ducane - Howfield/MC

James Dutton - Roberts

George Kemp - Pearson

Peter Losasso - Dodd

Ross McLaren - Chaplain/Bobbing Bobby

Jake Morgan - Barnes

Dan Tetsell - General Mitford

Emilia Williams - Kate Roberts


Creatives


Director: Caroline Leslie
Designer: Dora Schweitzer
Musical direction: Paul Herbert
Lighting: James Smith
Sound: Steve Mayo

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