UK THEATRE AWARDS winner – BEST NEW PLAY 2014
MANCHESTER THEATRE AWARDS winner – BEST NEW PLAY 2014
INTIMATE, HUMBLE: THE BEST COMMEMORATION – Libby Purves theatrecat.com
…vibrant, entertaining and meaningful. ****** The Observer
This wonderful new play… McAndrew delineates a host of characters with dexterity and tenderness… **** The Times
Deborah McAndrew’s poignant, warm-hearted drama gives a fresh approach on the centenary commemorations of the First World War. **** The Telegraph
**** The Public Reviews
A deeply moving spectacle. The Independent
Excellently written, superbly staged and well acted. British Theatre Guide
This show is so good, people are already booking to see it twice. Virtual Shropshire
Vivid entertainment. Native Monster
Northern Broadsides Theatre Company marked the centenary of the start of the First World War with the world premiere of Deborah McAndrew’s moving new play An August Bank Holiday Lark.
Directed by Barrie Rutter, the co-production premiered at The New Vic Theatre on 7 February 2014, before embarking on national tour until 14 June.
Taking its title from a line in Philip Larkin’s poem MCMXIV, An August Bank Holiday Lark explores the impact of the First World War on a rural community in East Lancashire.
It’s idyllic summer in 1914 and everyone in the village of Greenmill is excited about Wakes week; a rest from field and mill and a celebration of the Rushbearing Festival with singing, courting, drinking and dancing. The looming war barely registers … but it will.
Through the lens of traditional rural life, the play follows the stories of the people of the village and witnesses their personal transformations as they face change and loss with courage and humanity.
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS – © NOBBY CLARK