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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

CORNISH FIRST WORLD WAR TRAGEDY

Bish Bash Bosh Productions and Iron Shoes present Surfing Tommies to be performed at The Met on Wednesday 22 June at 7.30pm.

Set during, and in the aftermath of the First World War, Surfing Tommies tells the story of three Cornish tin miners whose lives are blown apart when they all leave behind the place they know and love for the fields of Flanders and the atrocities of trench warfare. Partly based on real events, Surfing Tommies is written by Cornish writer Alan M. Kent and won the \’Hoyler An Gof\’ award for best piece of poetry or drama in 2010.

It\’s 1914 and fifteen year old John Henry Pascoe has just started work at North Wheal Leisure Mine, Perranporth. He\’s paired up with experienced tributer, Jimmy \’Dunkey\’ Tamblyn, who shows him the ropes whilst also trying to get him to join in on his womanizing, drinking and pasty-guzzling. John Henry is a sensitive soul, but despite their differences the two soon form a strong bond. When Jimmy is sacked for accidently blowing up a mine shaft, he decides to sign up for the army, not knowing that a distraught John Henry is about to leave behind his widowed mother and his sweetheart, lying about his age to follow him to Flanders.

This darkly mischievous, moving production engages with audiences of all ages, reflecting the intensely personal tragedy and pity of war and what it is like to be away from where you belong.

Tickets for the show are £10, £6 concession and the show starts at 8pm. Guarantee your place by calling the ticket office now on 0161 761 2216 or go on line www.themet.biz
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