Morpurgo’s Friend Or Foe gets outing at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre

Friend or Foe

The Mercury Theatre, Colchester is to stage Michael Morpurgo’s Friend Or Foe, a wartime drama about extraordinary friendship, following on from last year’s hit, The Butterfly Lion.

The production will be part of the venue’s Made in Colchester season and opens on August 29 for a two-week run.

Friend or Foe is a thrilling tale of extraordinary friendship
which will appeal to adults and children alike.

Evacuated from London at the height of the Second World War, David and Tucky can’t help feeling as though the fighting is a long way from their new lives in the countryside.

But then suddenly one night, the skyline is lit up with gun flashes and the distant sound of bombing shatters their new found
peace.

When a German plane crashes on their farm the boys are plunged into a breath-taking adventure and faced with a life-and-death moral dilemma.

Adapted by the Mercury Theatre’s artistic director Daniel Buckroyd, and directed by Matthew Cullum, Friend or Foe will see Jake Davies playing the role of David.

This will be Jake’s second visit to the Mercury, having played Wang in the Made in Colchester production of The Good Person of
Sichuan last autumn.

Jake’s other theatre credits include Beautiful Thing in the West End, and The Jungle Book at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre.

Alongside Jake in the role of Tucky will be Séan Aydon. Séan has most recently appeared in The Accrington Pals at the Royal Exchange Theatre and in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Playing Mr and Mrs Reynolds will be Nicholas Tizzard and Janet Greaves.

Nicholas’ extensive theatre credits include Cabaret (West End and tour), Coram Boy, Once in a Lifetime and The UN Inspector for the National Theatre, and Ireland tour of Translations.

Nicholas was also part of the initial West End cast of War Horse.

Janet’s recent credits include the European première of Good People, ITV’s Birds of a Feather and Trying Again on Sky Living.

Said Daniel Buckroyd: “Friend or Foe is Michael Morpurgo’s exciting, funny and heart-breaking tale of two WW2 evacuees and the life or death choice they face when a German bomber crash lands near the farm they’re staying on.

“It’s every bit as powerful as you’d expect when the War Horse author takes on a subject that touched the lives of so many British families – no wonder it’s a favourite with young readers across the country.

“We’ve assembled a fantastic cast to bring Michael’s amazing story to life, including young actors Jake and Séan playing David and Tucky; the best friends at the heart of the story.

“Come with your children, come with your grandchildren; this promises to be another family-friendly Mercury hit.”

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