Photo: Michael. J.Oakes
Bomb Happy will be touring venues in Yorkshire this autumn…and the Veterans are touring with us!
About the play
“I haven’t seen anybody dead before and we’re in the water wading to the shore and we’re literally brushing against…. bodies rolling in the surf – people that we know…eighteen, nineteen year olds –they’re people that we know…”
Evocatively built from the verbatim testimonies of the last remaining York Normandy Veterans by playwright Helena Fox, this important new play immerses you with surging immediacy into the lives of five ordinary young conscripts as they set out for Normandy, allowing you to experience through their eyes events of D-Day to VE Day, events that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Yorkshire Tour Dates 2017
6th October Helmsley Arts Centre 7.30pm
13th October Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond 7.30pm
26th October Pocklington Arts Centre 7.30pm
10th November Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax 7pm
16th November Junction, Goole 2.30pm
24th November Otley Courthouse, Leeds 7.30pm
What the audience said at our rehearsed readings 2016:
“ Evocative and involving- superb!”…. “A brilliant and moving insight into what it was like for the fighting soldier…. mixing the soldiers humour with the horror of war.” ….“ Immersive and engaging … I’d like to see this up at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017- please!” …”Brilliant performances!”…
“spellbinding”…”evocative, emotional and thought provoking- a wonderful script, so well written.”….” the actors were brilliant- their delivery spot-on.”
“The stories were strong, the accounts so vivid”…”moving and very impressive. The young men were brilliant in the way they told the stories you’d woven together so well.”
“I really enjoyed tonight’s reading of Bomb Happy. You did a great job of telling the stories, mixing the soldiers humour with the horror of war. The actors were brilliant. ”
“Thoughtful, meaningful script with a beautiful message.”… “A moving legacy to the lives of real life war –heroes.”.
Ex- soldier’s feedback: “I felt as though I was there. I’m an old soldier myself with service in conflicts ( 1st Gulf War, Bosnia and NI)- I understood all those old voices. Thank you.”
Meet the real soldiers behind “Bomb Happy”
R to L: Ken ‘Smudger’ Smith, Ken ‘Cookey’ Cooke, Dennis ‘Hank’ Haydock, Albert ‘Bert’ Barritt and George ‘Merry’ Meredith.
Photos courtesy of BBC Historian and Presenter Paul Reed
Bomb Happy brings to life the verbatim first- hand accounts of the last five living York Normandy Veterans, telling the story of the D-Day Landings and the battles to liberate Europe from the point of view of these raw young conscripts- lads from York, Leeds, Sheffield and London.
Having finally received the highest accolade for their bravery from the French Government over seventy years later in 2016 through the presentation of the Legion D’Honneur medal, the play also touches on the lifelong impact of that iconic day for these incredible men, now in their nineties and living in Yorkshire.
Bomb Happy is a verbatim play, written by Helena Fox, from the recorded interviews and personal memoirs of the last five York Normandy Veterans and produced by Everwitch Theatre in partnership with Helmsley Arts Centre. The play originally came about when the Veterans voiced their concern that their experiences – a critical moment in British History where so many young men lost their lives – would die with them.
UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE VETERANS…..they’re coming on tour with us! The four remaining York Normandy Veterans together with the wives & widows of Veterans will be in attendance at all venues this Autumn when we tour Bomb Happy. Please come and say hello to them after the show.
Photos of the four Veterans today courtesy of BBC Historian Paul Reed.
Cast & company with the Veterans (Rehearsed Readings 2016)
Compiled & directed by Helena Fox, dramaturgy by Alex Chisholm,