Meeching Amateur Dramatics Society to stage forgotten WWI play in Newhaven

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A forgotten play which was a great success during the First World War will be staged by Meeching Amateur Dramatics Society (MAD) to commemorate the centenary.

The Better ‘Ole or the Romance of Old Bill, by Capt Bruce Bairnsfather and Captain Arthur Elliott subsequently went on tour to many parts of the world and a Warner Brothers film followed in 1925.

With the support of Newhaven Town Council and Lewes District Council, Meeching Amateur Dramatics Society will perform this production at Newhaven Fort for three nights on August Bank Holiday Weekend, Thursday August 21 to Saturday August 23, at 7.45pm.

The play follows the antics with pathos and humour, of a group of Tommies, making their way through France to the trenches.

A presentation evening and read through of the play will take place at 7.45pm on Tuesday February 18 at Meeching Hall, Fort Road Newhaven.

Anyone interested in becoming involved, from acting to backstage, or in any other way are welcome to attend.

Auditions will follow at 7.45pm on Thursday February 20.

Meeching Amateur Dramatics is 12-years-old and meets most Tuesdays and Thursday evenings at 7.30pm at Meeching Hall, in Newhaven.

It aims to stimulate an interest in amateur dramatics and to enable people to be involved in all aspects of theatre, staging two to three productions a year.

To find out about the drama group visit their website