Performance dates: 11–15 November 2014 at Chapter Art Centre
“Oh What a Lovely War is the most amazing piece of musical theatre”
Devised in drama workshops by the renowned Joan Littlewood, OWALW is a brilliant anti-war musical taking a satirical look at World War 1 in a humorous, upbeat manner. The songs are parodies of those in vogue in 1914 as performed in the music-halls. Fact, figures and images of WW1 are projected throughout as a juxtaposition (contrast) to the songs and dialogue.
OWALW is a real actor’s piece, short scenes playing a different character in each scene, there are a few “named” parts – Haig, the M.C. Mrs Pankhurst, the nurse (who sings “Keep the Home Fires Burning”) but otherwise it’s a wonderful ensemble piece. No static chorus, everyone is fully involved.