Corby Trades and Labour Club, 19th May 2015
This play by Shout Theatre company (an inter-generational company) was about War from WW1 to the present day.
Gus Hales and Angela came along to see the play.
George Hill and Spike Pike were asked by the director and peace campaigner Paula Bolton to take part.
Towards the end of the performance George laid a white wreath and then read from the VFP Statement of Purpose:
We, having dutifully having served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace.
Spike read his poem: War Machine and the whole cast and audience sang: Where have all the flowers gone.
There was a discussion on war after the Play and this was an opportunity for interaction with the cast and audience and to give some background on Veterans For Peace UK.
Gus mentioned that Veterans For Peace UK are working on visits to schools and that anyone interested should get in touch.
A great evening and well worth the journey down to Corby from Nuneaton. The play moved through an intergenerational timeline from WW1 to Afghanistan under the theme of communicating home.
The sombre crescendo of George reciting the statement of purpose from in front of the stage sceneries dower monolithic Cenotaph is an image that will resonate with me for a long time. On cue, and perfectly timed, Spike then moved in with his cutting indictment to the pointless futile waste of war, with his poem the “War Machine”. As Angela said later “The hairs on my neck stood up ”
Most of those there, would probably agree that the star of the show was an 80 something year old German lady who gave a brief but profound insight into life living under Nazi rule and what liberation by western powers meant to her. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
So well done George and Spike, this was Veterans for Peace at its finest. And well done to all those involved in the production. A night I shall remember for a long time.