A powerful poignant play written & directed by Laurence Allan
In 1914 an ex pupil of Lewis Boys School, Pengam, went to France to fight for his country in the ‘war to end all wars’. He never returned. A 100 years later another ex-Lewis boy joined the army to fight in Afghanistan and lived to tell the tale. Their stories and experiences are shadowed by Morgan Jones, another ex-Lewis pupil who refused to fight and spend the duration of the Great War, as a conscientious objector in Wormwood Scrubs but went on to become MP for Caerphilly.
‘Yesterday Never Returns’ is the old school motto of Lewis School Pengam, it was specially commissioned by Caerphilly Arts in partnership with Lewis School focussed on two soldiers, ex pupils of Lewis School, separated by a hundred years, one, D.A.P Evans, the first to fight for his country in the Great War 0f 1914 – 18, the war to end all wars and the other, Lloyd Davies, the last soldier to be sent to Afghanistan in 2014.
The narrative is driven by a series of letters written home from the front and inspired by the discovery of a scrapbook of actual letters from the first world war written by ex pupils to the former Headmaster of Lewis Boys, Arthur Wright, the Mr. Chips of his day
The play had a special poignancy as it was performed at Blackwood Miners Institute on 11th November 2014, by young people the same age as those young people who went to war and gave the ultimate sacrifice.
How? Many years ago, Spectacle Theatre Director, Steve Davis approached Larry with the idea of creating a play inspired by the little known Linton brothers, world cycling champions in the 1890’s who came from Aberdare. The Gladiator was a prototype for the first racing bike, designed in France.
Co-production with RCT Theatres, supported by Arts Council of Wales
Cast: 6 – 3 males 3 females
When? Spring 2015
Where? Premiere: Aberdare Coliseum. National tour of Wales
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