It’s a tough life being an actor in a long-running tour. Far from home, relying on tuck from the local canteen, indifferent billets and missing your loved ones.
Troops from the World War One satire Oh What A Lovely War are advancing through the regions after a brief sortie back in London’s Stratford East.
And the public are being invited to send postcards to the cast of Oh What a Lovely War … on the WWI frontline.
As made clear in “Keep the Home-Fires Burning”, Ivor Novello’s 1915 classic which is one of the period songs included in the musical, messages from the homefront – though strictly censored – were essential to keeping up morale on the frontline during WWI.
The new Postcards From project invites students and other participants to imagine they are writing such a missive to a loved one caught up in battle, maybe even one of the characters portrayed onstage in Terry Johnson’s acclaimed revival.
They choose or create a compelling image, write an accompanying message of support and submit their digital postcard online at www.theatrecloud.com/postcardsfrom.
At each tour stop, Theatre Cloud and the OWALW War cast will choose their favourite recent submissions, and actors from the play – including Wendi Peters, Ian Reddington and Christopher Villiers – will perform filmed readings of shortlisted postcards at the theatres.
At the end of the project, the shortlisted postcard read by the most people – calculated by likes and social media shares – will also win an iPad.
OWALW was first revived last February Theatre Royal, Stratford East, where Joan Littlewood originally premiered the musical in 1963.
Its second season started a UK tour this week travelling to Richmond, Malvern, Manchester, Cambridge, Bath, Torquay, Guildford, Coventry, Brighton, Leicester, Aylesbury, Birmingham and Truro.
Final deadline for Postcards From submissions is 25 May 2015.