“Oh, Lovely, What A War!”

“OH, LOVELY, WHAT A WAR!”  An original UGT ‘Lest We Forget’ event.

Saturday 19th July 2014 at 7.30pm.  Also Saturday 26th July at 7.30pm.


“Oh, Lovely, What a War!” looks to drive home just how tragic war is; something that was highlighted in the Great War of 1914-18.

The production has been specially commissioned by the Under Ground Theatre as part of the ‘Lest We Forget’ events organised to mark the centenary of the Great War and will be shown on Saturday 19th July at 7pm, and a week later on Saturday 26th (see the first show, please recommend to your friends).

Combining drama, poetry, letter readings, sounds and visual effects, this landmark production takes you back to life for many before the war and the grim reality for some once war broke out.

Freddie Waring a soldier, is dead, killed just before his eighteenth birthday at Passchendaele; a name now synonymous with the futility and stupidity of war.  The play unfolds in retrospect Freddie’s life and events, his youthful romance with Violet, told through readings, drama and poetry linked by the dance narrative of Freddie’s Ghost. Alongside songs from Oh What a Lovely War, these combine to tell Freddie’s story.

The show features young artistes Freddie Cox and Issy Rann and trumpeter Helen Wood as well as established local actors and readers.

With much in the news about the Great War, this play will enable you to feel what it must have been like to live through it behind the eyes of a teenager; full of life, hope and dreams only to have them shattered by the horrors of war.

Over 80 thousand allied troops died in the battle of Passchendaele, many of them would have been under 20 years old. ‘I died in hell (they called it Passchendaele).’ Siegfried Sassoon. War poet 1918.

The play is presented by ReAct Theatre Company whose patron is Jenny Seagrove.

This drama is presented as part of the UGT’s Lest We Forget season

Saturday 19th July at 7.30pm

Venue opens (for bar and refreshments) 7pm.

Tickets: £10 (UGT members £8 / students £8)

Buy tickets :

At the UGT on Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 4pm

or whenever the theatre is open for an event

or, if still available, on the door.

or from Eastbourne Tourist Information

or here online or by phone :

(plus a ticket agency fee per ticket) from Oxboffice :

either by telephone (0845 6801 926) or online by clicking the links below.

Book tickets for Saturday 19th July here

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Book tickets for Saturday 26th July here

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