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The play is based on true local events and the background detail has been meticulously researched, thanks to the generosity of Saltaire History Club and the Bradford World War 1 group.

The title of this drama, written for Saltaire World Heritage weekend, is an ironic one, because for the five characters who meet in Roberts Park in the spring of 1919, the Great War has shattered their lives; but yet for some it has presented new and exciting opportunities. An ambitious journalist lurks in wait for the star witness in a lurid local murder trial, but finds other equally fascinating stories.

The play was performed in honour of World Heritage Weekend. Performances took place in Roberts Park, in the World Heritage site of Saltaire, on 21st and 22nd April, 2012.

Review by Roger Clarke

Hattie Townsend’s latest dramatic production “After the War was Over” is set in the North Shelter in Roberts Park, and was intended top be performed there, in the open.  However, the persistently poor weather of the weekend led to its transfer to the comfort of the Fluke Room in Victoria Hall where a captivated audience watched the three elements of the play unfold.  Providing the thread between the three is a reporter (played by Kate Breeze) who is waiting for developments with her latest scoop.

What she finds is a fashionable, young, Saltaire milliner complete with cloche hat and flapper ambitions (played by Charlotte Reynard). who is waiting for a friend to go to the flicks, and a nurse pushing her mustard-gassed soldier casualty in a wheelchair (Sheila Lansdell and Josh Breeze).  The resultant stories are as poignant as the scoop, which is based on the tragedy of Sir James Roberts’ daughter whose shell-shocked husband murdered a fellow officer.  Marcia Wright played the family servant who gave evidence at the trial.

The play is at times amusing, but always brings the audience face to face with the many tragedies in the lives of ordinary people brought by the Great War of 1914-18.
All five actors gave polished performances, often bringing a tear to the eye.  Talented author Hattie has once again written a well crafted script based on true events, and has cast, directed, costumed and produced it herself to bring this gem to the Saltaire stage.  I hope that Sentinel readers who missed it will get another chance to see it sometime in the future.

Enquiries about further productions of this play are welcome.
Contact Harriet Townsend
Tel. 01274 783846


 

   

 
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