The audio will be released at midday 6th Nov on Everwitch Theatre's You Tube Channel until 30th December
The award winning play Bomb Happy, which uses the first hand accounts of five of Yorkshire's Normandy Veterans, will be released as a new audio production online at Midday on Friday 6th November in time for Remembrance Weekend. The play will be free to listen to, with the option to donate if you can. Donations go toward The Bomb Happy BSL Project which is looking to create a BSL interpreted performance for Deaf audiences in the future, in memory of Veteran Bert Barritt.
Bomb Happy tells the story of five young lads who find themselves part of one of the most important military operations of WW2: the DDay Landings, and follows each veteran's unique journey from D-Day to VE Day, highlighting the lifelong impact of post traumatic stress disorder.
The audio play has been funded through an Arts Council Rescue Package and is an opportunity for communities to come together online to commemorate the 75th Anniversary even during these challenging times!
Bomb Happy first premiered at Helmsley Arts Centre in 2017, close to Duncombe Park where one of the Veterans, Coldstream Guardsman Dennis Haydock, undertook tank training prior to D-Day. In 2019 it won the Summerhall Lustrum Award at Edinburgh Fringe, and was nominated one of FringeGuru's Top Five Pick of the Fringe.
The audio play does include a little ‘extra’ - a closing address from the Veteran Ken Cooke, (photo of Ken as a young conscript attached) who would have toured with the show and met audiences. He is so very disappointed not to be touring with the show this autumn, and is of course keen for the audio to connect with communities. Sadly, Veteran Ken Smith, who was also hoping to tour with us, passed away at the start of Lockdown.