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Selsey war play is a sell-out success

A scene from the production The End of the Journey created by theare director Pamela Howard and playwright Gillian Plowman. Picture by Kate Shemilt

A scene from the production The End of the Journey created by theare director Pamela Howard and playwright Gillian Plowman. Picture by Kate Shemilt

A SELSEY play on the first world war has transformed the old theatre in the town.

The End of a Journey, which was first performed on Tuesday (August 5), is based on RC Sheriff’s famous play Journey’s End, and will be performed in Selsey’s old theatre.

The town has come together to create the moving play, which has seen the inside of the old building transformed into trenches.

Visitors are ushered around the building to different ‘scenes’ which have been set.

“The End of the Journey will offer a promenade performance – physically leading spectators through the spaces from the dark days of the first world war to the better, lighter post-war years,” said Pamela Howard, a world-renowned producer from Selsey.

The theatre piece was written by award-winning English playwright Gillian Plowman, and the pair worked with Chris Butler from Arts Dream to put on the production.

The reason for the link with Sheriff’s play is he visited Selsey frequently throughout his life and involved himself in an amateur production of Journey’s End which took place in the Selsey Pavilion in 1933.

The show, which finishes on Sunday, sold out before the first performance.

 

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