15 November 2018 7.30pm
On August 4th 1914, with the declaration of war between Britain and Germany, reservist Tommy Atkins is immediately called up to serve his country. Within weeks he sees his first action in the fields of France and subsequently experiences the full scale of life in the Western Front trenches of the First World War - the horror, the pain, the misery, the boredom and even the moments of joy.
This brand new play written by playwright/actor Peter Gill (Talbot House, The Jerry Lee Lewis Story) details, through the eyes of a simple 'Tommy' the reality of war for those who actually fought it. In an astonishing solo performance, 'Meet Tommy Atkins' takes the audience through his war - a war that saw him fight at Ypres, Passendale, Loos and on the Somme and that took him to the depths of despair but also brought him unique comradeship that he would never find again. From the beginning of the war to the end, Private Tommy Atkins was there.This is his story.
'Compelling, moving, insightful and believable .... beautifully written and performed' Stage Talk Magazine
'Thanks again for another excellent performance yesterday. The standard of performance was fantastic.'Craig Owen, Bolton School (Girls' Division)
“This wonderful performance has given our students a valuable insight into the life of a Great War soldier. Our students learn about the First World War in their history lessons and seeing this performance has really bought this piece of history to life.” Alison Davies, Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College