A moving story of suffering, resilience and heroism – a recently-discovered WWII diary brings to life the day-to-day experience of a woman and her family, in Grimsby, caught up in air raids, rationing and destruction.
It is based on an essay by Professor Stafford, Home Front, published for the Armistice Centenary in 2018 and inspired by the diary of her great-grandmother Mary Thickett.
Professor Stafford says: “The play is based on a family diary which re-emerged recently and gives us remarkable insight into the experience of a woman during the Blitz, 1941-43.
“It deals with five generations of women in one family, and various associated stresses, mental health issues and coping strategies – from obsessive cleaning to escaping into the worlds of her favourite books.
Presented by Professor Fiona Stafford FRSE, Rachael Sparkes, Edward Cherrie and Martin Pacey
The play will be followed by a Q and A session
Arrival from 14.45, play starts at 15.15, interval at 16.15 followed by Q and A session
Fiona Stafford is a Professor of English at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is a regular contributor to BBC radio and her most recent books are The Long, Long Life of Trees (Sunday Times Nature Book of the Year in 2016), The Brief Life of Flowers, and Jane Austen. Born to an RAF family, at Scampton, she lived in many different places as a child until her family settled in Lincolnshire. After studying at the Universities of Leicester and Oxford, she worked at the British Campus of the University of Evansville in Grantham for two years, before taking up a post at the University of Oxford.
Rachael Sparkes, who plays four different roles in The Dimlight Hours, is a London-based actor and also Fiona’s daughter. The play explores her discovery of the Wartime diary of her great great grandmother, Mary Thickett.
Note: This performance contains lighting effects – bright lights and periods of darkness, loud noises and sirens, includes references to war.
Ticket prices: Adult £7.00, Concession £6.00 and Child (5-18) £5.00
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