11th Dec, 2016

Friendship under fire in Brummagem Pals

Rob George 31st Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A NEW play all about friendship under fire is making its way to Pershore’s Number 8 Community Arts Centre.

On Sunday, November 21 1915 after church parade, 841 men and 29 officers of the 14th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment were transported to Folkestone where they boarded HMS Invicta to sail for Boulogne and the battlefields of France – many never to return.

And now Malcolm Stent and Don Maclean’s new play, Brummegem Pals, is coming to Pershore to tell the tale of two boys who join the 14th Battalion.

The play’s tour this November coincides with the 100th anniversary of that sailing and there will be a performance at Number 8, Pershore on Saturday, November 14 from 7.30pm.

Malcolm and Don lead a cast of thirteen, including three musicians, in the play, which has five new songs written by Malcolm and one by Don.

“Brummegem Pals is our small tribute to those brave men who volunteered to fight for their country,” said Malcolm.

“It tells the story of two boys enthused by the stories of adventure and who join up under age thinking it will be like a scout camp with guns but who find the reality something different.

“It’s the story of their close friendship, the story of the love of one of the boys with his girlfriend and the story of the love of the same young man with his mum and dad,” he added.

Tickets for the performance at Number 8 cost £19.50 and are on sale now from the Box Office on 01386 555488 or online at www.number8.org