An August Bank Holiday Lark at Watford Palace Theatre

An August Bank Holiday Lark

The acclaimed Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre have created a new play to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Deborah McAndrew’s moving An August Bank Holiday Lark comes to Watford Palace Theatre on May 6.

Taking its title from a line in Philip Larkin’s poem MCMXIV, An August Bank Holiday Lark explores the impact of the First World War on a rural community in East Lancashire.

Set in the idyllic summer of 1914 rural Lancashire, everyone in the community is excited about Wakes week; a rest from field and mill and a celebration of the Rushbearing Festival with singing, courting, drinking and dancing.

The looming war barely registers … but it will.

Through the lens of traditional rural life, the play follows the stories of the people of the village and witnesses their personal transitions as they deal with their loss with courage and humanity.

The play is written by the playwright and actress Deborah McAndrew (Angie Freeman in Coronation Street) and is directed by and will feature Northern Broadsides artistic director Barrie Rutter.

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