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Beccles hall team mark First World War centenary with three productions

PUBLISHED: 06:30 25 October 2014

Jonny Goddard as Blackadder and Michael Moretta as Baldrick will be appearing at Beccles Public Hall.

Jonny Goddard as Blackadder and Michael Moretta as Baldrick will be appearing at Beccles Public Hall.

Stuart Sneddon (AnglianArt)

In November, the Beccles Public Hall team proudly present three different productions to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Hugo Minta as Billy and Caroline St JOhn as Hetty in a scene from Billy Mason from Gloucester which is being performed at Beccles Public Hall.Hugo Minta as Billy and Caroline St JOhn as Hetty in a scene from Billy Mason from Gloucester which is being performed at Beccles Public Hall.

It is a warm welcome back the highly talented performers from the Seagull Rep as they return to the Hall with the final instalment of their successful touring show -Blackadder Goes Forth written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton.

On Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5, at 7.30pm each night there are performances of Blackadder Goes Forth and Over the Top.

Seagull Rep artistic director, Paul Amer, is directing the final three episodes, ‘Private Plane’, ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Goodbyeee’.

“We have loved every performance of our tours so far, from Vicar of Dibley to Blackadder II, but this time, it’s a little different.

“This time we get to have a great laugh with a script and pay our respects to those who died in the First World War,” he said.

Tickets for Blackadder are £10 and £9 for concessions.

On Thursday, November 6, at 2pm, there will be a screening of the very moving and poignant film, Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) Cert 12A, with English subtitles and 116 mins in length.

The year is 1914, and as the First World War continues to rage across the European countryside - the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history - numerous sections called an informal and unauthorised truce where the various frontline soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share a precious pause.

Tickets are £5 and £4 for concessions.

On Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, the Public Hall team look forwarded to greeting talented artistic director, Jonathan Hunter of Serendipity Productions and his superb cast of actors for a touching double bill of remembrance.

Billy Mason from Gloucester followed by Lest we Forget, which is a programme of remembrance with poetry, prose letters, sounds and some music from both world wars.

The audience will be able to sing along and there will be a visit from Gert and Daisy and the Andrews Sisters.

The first part of the evening is devoted to a wonderful drama, Billy Mason from Gloucester, a gentle and moving story by Sian James, about a 16-year-old boy who deserts from the Army in 1918, hides in the woods and is befriended by the lovely Hetty, a farm worker. She is sent to prison for burning the King’s uniform and hiding a deserter.

“During the anniversary of the First World War, I want to resurrect the play as a tribute to all the young boys who lost their lives. Billy, I feel represents them, and their story must be told,” he said.

The evening of Remembrance will also raise funds for the local branch of The Royal British Legion whose members will be in attendance and proudly displaying the local standards.

Tickets for this double bill are £9 and £8 for concessions.

All tickets for these events are available to purchase from the Hall Box Office, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm or at www.becclespublichall.com

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