Life on frontline recreated in play

Louth Playgoers present Journey's End EMN-150203-151844001
Louth Playgoers present Journey's End EMN-150203-151844001

To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War 1, Louth Playgoers present the award-winning play ‘Journey’s End’ by R C Sherriff.

In 1928, Sherriff drew on his own experiences of life on the front-line at Vimy Ridge and Messines Ridge in 1915 to write the play and portray the seriousness of the situation whilst showing the men’s amazing sense of humour.

Sherriff was wounded and treated at a field ambulance dressing station, but soon returned to the front-line.

In 1917, he and his men were called forward to attack the German positions but as they advanced, shells exploded nearby, seriously injuring them all.

After some months he returned to the front-line again – a dug-out in the vicinity of St Quinton, France where his play is set over the course of four days in March 1918 leading up to the massive German Spring offensive (Operation Michael) on the British and French defences.

The play opens at the Riverhead Theatre on Monday March 16 and runs to Saturday March 21 - taking in March 20, the 97th anniversary of the start of the offensive on which the play is based.

Performances begin at 7.30pm each night, with tickets £8 and £5 from 01507 600350 or online at www.louthplaygoers.com .