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The Window on Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th November 2018
A heartfelt true story of a Coventry family’s experiences of the First World War is set to be staged at the city’s Herbert studio space to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice.
The drama takes place from the streets and factories of Coventry to the trenches of the battlefield, and is based on the life of local lad James O’Neil, the great uncle of Coventry actor and writer Paul Nolan.
Paul uncovered the fascinating story while investigating his family tree, discovering that James was born at the end of the 19th century to a poor Coventry family who were fighting just to survive after their father was admitted to the notorious Hatton Asylum.
When the news broke that the country was at war, it shook the family home, pitching James into the most exciting adventure of his life, becoming part of a landmark British offensive with the 15th Durham Light Infantry that would change ground warfare as we know it.
This poignant play describes both the horrors of the battlefield and the struggles on the home front though the voices of James and his sister Ivy. A compelling and beautifully constructed First World War drama about a young Coventry soldier and his harrowing experiences during one of the British Army's most notoriously unsuccessful and bloody offensives.
To make it even more poignant, the part of James will be played by Paul’s son Coventry actor Conor Nolan, the fourth generation nephew of James, making it a truly fitting tribute. Conor will be joined by Corinne Emerson in the role of Ivy.
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