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Lichfield Players return with gripping World War One production

The Lichfield Players are returning to the Garrick Studio with gritty World War One drama My Boy Jack.

The play, which depicts emotions and events surrounding Rudyard Kipling’s determination to send his teenage son to war, runs from May 21 for five nights.

Shane Harper, who plays Jack Kipling in the Lichfield Players' forthcoming production of My Boy Jack

Shane Harper, who plays Jack Kipling in the Lichfield Players’ forthcoming production of My Boy Jack

Initially set in 1913, the war is imminent and short-sighted Jack fails his army medical to sign up. Driven by his father’s expectations and patriotic pride, he finally enlists through a family contact and is sent to France to fight.

But when news reaches home that sends the Kipling family into turmoil, Rudyard is forced to question what really matters and to confront his own internal conflict between duty and love.

“My Boy Jack is a fantastically powerful and moving account of the mental anguish and grief of one of Britain’s most famous storytellers,” said director Chris Stanley. “Although he only had one son, Rudyard believed no sacrifice was too great for King and country.

“His views triggered a bitter conflict at home and the tension depicted in the play between Rudyard and his family is electric.

“We’ve kept staging simple to draw the audience into really focusing in on each individual character’s drama. And the intimate studio venue will help to heighten the nervous anticipation of the trench scenes, and give the audience a real sense of living the raw and sometimes polarised emotions of a family in despair.”

The Lichfield Players present David Haig’s My Boy Jack at the Lichfield Garrick from May 21 to 25. Tickets are priced at £10 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01543 412121 or visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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