The Lewes Little Theatre production of My Boy Jack was a sell-out for seven of its eight performances last week.
Audiences included groups from local societies including some from the Royal Sussex Regimental Association and the Royal British Legion who had attended the earlier lecture on trench warfare by local historian Peter Chasseaud.
Working with a talented cast of actors and a dedicated team of technicians and backstage helpers, the director Mike Turner captured the atmosphere of patriotism clashing with loss of loved ones in the First World War.
The production aimed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war and succeeded in awakening memories in many who had relatives involved in the conflict.
My Boy Jack by actor David Haig tells the story of Sussex writer Rudyard Kipling’s efforts to gain his son John a place in the British Army, after rejection on the grounds of poor eyesight, and its tragic consequences.
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