Treading the Duckboards: British Army Concert Parties of WW1

Kate WILLS


Region:
Anywhere
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Type:
professional
Fee:
Paid: £60 + expenses
Category:
Entertainment
Updated:
2nd January 2022
Tagged:
Entertaiment | Army | Theatre History

A long-established part of both military and civilian life for decades, concert parties flourished on active service in WW1, creating mirth and music amidst the horrors of war. This is their story from curtain up at Ypres in 1914 to farewell performances in 1918 - and beyond!

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About Kate WILLS

Kate Wills spent her early career as a newspaper librarian, but over the years has also worked in theatre marketing and research, as a court usher, amanuensis, adult education tutor, bus conductress, casualty actress and since 2006 the tour guide for Northampton's stunning Victorian Gothic Guildhall and other historic buildings in the area. She has long been active in local history circles, and co-authored a number of books, including 'Life in the Boroughs' and 'Old Cures & Remedies'. Her main field of research however is the Great War 1914-18, and especially the little-explored area of entertainment on active service. 'Treading the Duckboards' relates how concert parties, already a long-established part of army life, took on a new significance on the battlefronts, and how the soldiers' home-made shows brought mirth and music to their comrades amidst the horrors of war.

Kate hopes to publish 'Treading the Duckboards' as a book. Whilst awaiting inspiration and energy, she chomps chocolate, cuddles cats and listens to The Archers.


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