Whitgift School experiences life in WW1 trenches in Journey's End performance.
With the approach of Whitgift’s Remembering 1916: Life on the Western Front exhibition, it was an apt choice for the Upper School to take on R.C. Sherriff’s iconic Journey’s End, at the end of the Michaelmas Term, under the expert guidance of Director, Mr Paul Wilson, and Assistant Director, Yvan Bollet-Quivogne, who was only just treading the boards last year as a Whitgift Sixth Former himself.
Set in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, Aisne, towards the end of the First World War, the play offers insight into the experiences of the officers of a British Army infantry company during the run-up to the real-life events of Operation Michael. The entire story is set in the officers’ dugout, and, through day-to-day conversations and routine, the characters give the audience a glimpse into what it was like to endure the War, individuals’ coping mechanisms, friendships and faults. The clever use of sights, sounds and smells further enhanced the audience immersion into the story.
Credit must go to an outstanding cast who conveyed the dialogue’s sensitivity, humour and angst with maturity beyond their years. The audience was captivated from beginning to end.
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