In That Summer of Sweet Sixteen
By David Halliwell
Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington
A stately home; England , 1916. The First World War escalates abroad and here, three working class soldiers recover from their wounds. Attended on by makeshift nurses from some of the wealthiest families in the county, we hear their private thoughts.
‘This revival of Halliwell's 1979 hospital drama was in the pipeline before the success of Ewan MacGregor's recent turn in the playwright's ‘60's hit, ‘Little Malcolm. It's a less radical play, but with a more urgent and important message about our need to communicate our experiences to each other… Romance buds but can't blossom, death and madness stalk the ward, and class distinctions are melted.'
Charles Godfrey-Fawsett, Time Out
‘Subtle, expectation-denying exploration of the tension between the need to speak and the pressures to repress the horrors of war. It makes for thought-provoking, satisfying theatre. Meticulously directed by Janey Clarke and acted by an all-round strong cast.'
Barbara Lewis, The Stage
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