Exciting news for 2018!
Jenny Wren Productions have teamed up with award-winning Stroud-based author and playwright Jamila Gavin (whose novel Coram Boy was adapted for the stage and produced to great acclaim at both the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic) to present Love Lies Bleeding (working title), a world premiere, which we will tour locally, finishing up with a run at the Everyman Theatre June 13-16.
This play explores the personal, political, and domestic background to World War II as it aﬀects two young girls just entering adulthood. It dramatises the issues and arguments that raged at the time; and the choices that had to be made where there was a conﬂict of interest. It is about friendship, betrayal, and divided loyalties.
Love Lies Bleeding begins in 1939 with the declaration of war and the impact that this has on the girls and the people around them. Having recently left school, the two girls, Gwen and Dodo, share a ﬂat in London. As war breaks out, Gwen joins the WRAC, while star-struck Dodo is training to be an actress. Dodo, who soon ﬁnds herself entertaining the troops and factory workers, comes from a family of Nazi sympathisers and, as time goes on, ﬁnds herself being pulled in opposing directions: where should her loyalties lie? Matters come to a head after Dunkirk when she is forced not only to choose between the two men in her life but also to make up her mind which side she is on.
Watch this space for further details...