Honiton Community Theatre Company’s latest production at The Beehive opens this week with ‘Private Peaceful’ the stage adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name.
It’s the story of two young brothers who go to war together in 1914 from Devon. The play takes us through their joyful rural upbringing and their experiences on the battlefields of France.
HCTC are working with lots of community partners across the town to bring the story to life, Honiton Town Band feature in the show as part of a scene involving a World War One recruitment drive and The Baton amongst other local organisations have helped source props and costumes to make the production as authentic as possible.
Mr M.Robson, the Chairman of the Honiton branch of the Royal British Legion will also be reading a brief speech at the end of each show.
Private Peaceful is appropriately being performed on the 17th to 19th of November at 7.30pm to tie in with Remembrance Sunday.
The show is set to be a fantastic community evening. Collections on each night will be donated to The Royal British Legion and The Baton charity.
The production features local boys Jack Haigh and Josh Buss as the Peaceful brothers Tommo and Charlie as well as Abi Jennings as their young sweetheart Molly. All these talented young actors studied at Honiton Community College and their younger selves are played by Lewis Bonetta, Jaron Bonetta and Maisie Harvey-Ingram who are all currently at the college.
Director Sally Cregan said “It’s such a privilege to work with so much talent from the town. In the cast we have everyone from young Tommo and Charlie, to Grandma Wolf; it’s really reflective of our group, young and older talent work together and everyone gets on really well.”
Tickets for the production are available from the Beehive Box office 01404384050 or here.