Oh What A Lovely War (Modern Classics) Paperback – 1 Mar 1967
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" "“Joan Littlewood—one of our truly great theatre visionaries and an unsung hero.” —"British Theatre Guide"
" ""Joan Littlewood--one of our truly great theatre visionaries and an unsung hero." --"British Theatre Guide"
Joan Littlewood--one of our truly great theatre visionaries and an unsung hero. "British Theatre Guide""
About the Author
Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop company was set up at the end of the war and started by touring in Wales, the industrial north and Scotland. In 1953 they moved into the Theatre Royal, Stratford, London E15 and remained there for the next eleven years during which time they built up an international reputation. Their best work included classical revivals like Volpone and Edward II and new plays like The Quare Fellow and The Hostage by Brendan Behan, A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney and musical plays like Fings Ain't Wot They Used T' Be by Frank Norman and Lionel Bart. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It was a joy therefore to find this theatre workshop Bloomsbury edition - Original version and edited and introduced by Joan Littlewood. Reading it brought back the productions I have seen and it had me humming the songs.
No-one can really explain to us who have lived with peace during our lifetimes and we owe it in our act of remembrance to understand as much as we can if we are to engage and never forget.
The lives are spent, many in the prime of their youth, on the battlefields and beyond. A generation lived with its aftermath and for many their involvement was never shared and carried to the grave.
Facts can overwhelm us. The scale of loss and the waste of life drown us in numbers we cannot count. However, wars have not ceased and the capacity to kill has advanced with time.
In his Afterword, Victor Spinetti writes ".......but I never knew that all the fuses for the shells were made in Britain and that the Germans bought their share from us, during the war."
Futility, Hypocrisy and Rage cannot begin to express one's ability to assimilate such information.
Find your means to remember but if you can catch the play, please go............
This text has useful notes from Joan Littlewood, many of the song lyrics, and tells you which songs go where. Better than the original script version from the 1970s.
Will be using it for a production in 2016.
A very moving play, even better when performed. A must buy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought to chose to do as a drama school piece.
has stood the test of time
More to this than meets the eye....great lessons for today in an old classic.Published 20 months ago by Marcus