Friend or Foe? presents authentic voices from the first world war.
Three one-act plays, all written during the conflict, each passionate and exposing raw emotions and deeply held convictions. Yet, each tells a very different story, and reveals the range of attitudes the war evoked at the time.
These powerful plays demonstrate the playwrights of the war have a voice which was equal in strength to that of the poets, challenging perceived ideas of manhood, womanhood, social order and authority.
- Black ‘Ell by Miles Malleson – exploring the trauma of war. What does it mean to kill someone? A family welcomes a soldier home from the front …
- X=0: A Night of the Trojan War by John Drinkwater – set during the Trojan War, Drinkwater’s play was performed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1917, and has never been performed since having met with controversy …
- The Munition Worker by Alec Holmes (aka Lady Aimée Byng Hall Scott) – the pro-war feminist story of a munitions factory worker preparing for a sacrifice …
Friend Or Foe? is the latest production from West Midlands-based theatre company Fred.
Directed by Peter Malin, produced by Robert F Ball, and starring Nathan Blyth, Emmeline Braefield, Mollie Fyfe Taylor, Charlie Ives, James Parsons, Peter M. Smith, and Barbara Treen.
Friend Or Foe? spring 2016 tour dates:
- 23-26 March 2016, The Bear Pit, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
- 29-30 March 2016, The Cockpit, Marylebone London
- 31 March-2 April 2016, @AE Harris, Birmingham
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