Hall venue for classic war play

Ponteland Repertory Society, Oh What A Lovely War'Picture by Stagedoor Photography
Ponteland Repertory Society, Oh What A Lovely War'Picture by Stagedoor Photography

Ponteland Repertory Society is getting ready to stage the most poignant production in its 87-year history.

The group will perform Joan Littlewood’s First World War classic Oh! What A Lovely War at Ponteland Memorial Hall, which was built to commemorate the local men who were killed in the conflict.

At the entrance to the building is the War Memorial.

Inscribed on it are the names of the fallen from the area from both the First and Second World Wars.

The performances will also honour those who survived the wars and returned home, men such as Norman Cowan who was a member of the society.

Norman joined the Northumberland Hussars as a trumpeter at the age of 15.

He was severely wounded in 1918 in a cavalry charge and captured by the Germans.

He was posted as “missing, presumed dead,” but came home in 1919.

In 1998, he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government. Norman died in 2002, aged 103.

Director Carole Davies said: “The story of World War I is told from the point of view of the ordinary soldiers and their families back home.

“It makes use of popular songs of the time to contrast with the statistics of the losses and images of life in the trenches.”

The performances of the satirical play from Wednesday to Saturday, November 29 begin at 7pm.

Tickets, priced £8, are available in advance from Ponteland Social Club or www.pontelandrep.co.uk