77-85 Newington Causeway
WHAT THE WOMEN DID
A triple bill of plays about the First World War
LUCK OF WAR by Gwen John
HANDMAIDENS OF DEATH by Herbert Tremaine
THE OLD LADY SHOWS HER MEDALS by J M Barrie
The First World War was fought in the mud of the trenches, in the beaches of Gallipoli and in massive battles at sea – but it was also fought at home. A whole new world opened up for women who had to take over men’s work, notably in the munitions factories. But they still had to hold their homes together, often with the wry humour we see in these plays.
Two’s Company’s sell-out 2004 production at Southwark Playhouse has been remounted for the 1914 Centenary.
‘What comes across most strongly in Tricia Thorns’ production is something rarely touched on: the sexual ache of the wartime young and their hatred of war-widows who remarried.’ The Guardian
22 January to 15 February
Performances Monday-Sat 8pm, Saturday matinees 3.30pm