An original comedy-drama by Kate Bramley with songs and music by SONY Award winning songwriter Jez Lowe starring Frances Tither, Zoe Land and Sarah Raine.
A poignant play that follows the lives of three women from the same rural household- above and below stairs- through the long years of The Great War, left behind to cope as their men-folk march off to Flanders.
Each one faces up to the challenges in her own way, with resilience, humour, a sense of duty and whatever vestiges of hope she can muster, as the years pass by and they wait anxiously for news of loved ones far away.
They cannot know that their village will end the war as one of a very few similar communities for which fate has reserved a special place in history.
“defiant humour, emotional clout and a poignant final twist, making you thankful for the under-appreciated Great War service of women as much as the men whose story is familiar from history books and the War Poets alike” York Press
The line-up for the 31st Bewdley Festival has something to meet everybody’s taste as once again we have brought together a collection of international, national and local artists to entertain, enthrall and challenge audiences during both our daytime and evening programmes.
It all begins on Friday 12th October, when our theatre at the Mercure Bewdley Heath Hotel will rock to a rare performance by the very talented Roland Gift, of Fine Young Cannibals, and his six piece band.
Through the 10 days we are also featuring comedy from James Acaster and our version of "Live at the Apollo" which features compere Jo Enright and two of the country's top comedians, Music comes from the sensational Eddi Reader Band, the multi-award winning Clare Teal Trio and a fantastic afternoon concert of well-known Opera arias and choruses.
Spoken word is represented by two of the UK's finest wordsmiths; Simon Armitage and Ian McMillan and we feature two Professors this year; Maggie Andrews who will be talking about the Hidden Heroines who won the vote for Women and the ever-popular Alice Roberts who is presenting a talk on the species "tamed" by mankind that helped forge the modern world.
Eminent art historian Barry Venning provides an irreverent view of Modern Art and we meet actor Tim Bentinck who has played David Archer in the long-running radio series for many years as well as featuring in many other prominent productions.
Politician Alan Johnson has just published a book that explains how music has marked key moments in his life from his early life to becoming Home Secretary. The vastly popular Jeremy Vine is recounting anecdotes and radio experiences from his memoir "What I Learnt".
Festival's favourite historical speakers, Max Keen and Lesley Smith, top and tail our daytime events with their personal views of King Edward First and Mary Queen of Scots and we have appearances from two of the country's leading naturalists and environmentalists - Chris Baines and Brett Westwood, as well as a fascinating presentation on the cinema screen in St George's Hall by TV documentarist David Parker on the restoration of the iconic train The Flying Scotsman, which itself visited Bewdley in 2016.
We also host a community arts project each year, and in 2018 we feature the return of our popular Duck House project and you can visit Jubilee Gardens in the centre of Bewdley to see the 36 exhibits from Saturday 29th September through to the 28th October.