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Oh What A Lovely War

Date

21st October 2014

Society

Grassington Players

Venue

Grassington Town Hall

Type of Production

Play with music

Director

Paula Vickers

Musical Director

Nick Watts

Report

Author: Pam Booth

From the moment we set foot in Grassington Town Hall, with its first world war displays and big red poppies, we felt part of the event. There was a lovely friendly atmosphere and as we took our drinks to a patriotically decorated table and opened our little envelopes we felt quite at home. The envelopes contained details of people from the area who had lost their lives during the first world war, a very moving idea.

The band members were dressed in striped blazers and straw boaters which were very fitting for the period. They provided the accompaniment for the numerous musical numbers in this play.

The Pierrots took us through scenes and songs covering the war years. Some of these were amusing , some sad, but all of them very thought provoking. They really brought out the mismanagement and futility of this war. The back projection telling us how many were killed and what little progress had been made was very revealing.

Grassington Players are not only blessed with very talented actors but they can sing as well! We were treated to some beautiful solos and choruses. The costumes were well thought out and worked well with the Pierrot outfits. The set was simple and moving the coloured blocks around to create the different scenes was very effective. The props were very authentic and lighting and sound effects were well timed.

This was a most enjoyable and well directed production and although we laughed a lot I am sure that we all went home and thought about the more serious content of the evening.