“Journey’s End” by R C Sherriff.
November 20th – 24th 2018 at 7.30pm (Saturday matinee at 2.15pm)
at The War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road, Broadstone
RC Sherriff wrote his play in 1928 when the memories of the Great War and the horrors of trench warfare were still recent and raw: less than10 years is not long enough for the senses to be dulled by the passage of time. He had experienced those horrors first hand as he had joined the East Surrey Regiment at the age of 19 in 1915 and fought at Vimy Ridge and Loos before being badly wounded at Passchendaele in 1917 which saw him invalided home with the rank of Captain.
He subsequently wrote many plays and novels and, memorably, film scripts for “The Invisible Man”, “Goodbye, Mr Chips” and “The Dam Busters”. But it this magnifying glass applied to ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances for which he will always be remembered.
Broadstone Players Theatre Company has chosen this play as its way of commemorating the Armistice of the Great War and remembering the men from this part of Dorset who served and who never came home. Even now, almost a century after it was written, “Journey’s End” retains its capacity to take your breath away.
Tickets (£6.50 Tues, £8.50 all other performances) will be on sale from 20th October via 01202 678449, firstname.lastname@example.org, Broadstone News, The Broadway, Broadstone or Wimborne TIC and a collection will be made at each performance for The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes charities.