A community play created by Bill Brookman as a legacy project of Charnwood Great War Centenary Project.

What better setting for a play about a old soldier from Loughborough than the 'old tin church', the Mission Church on Storer Road. Bill Brookman and his, now wife, Madeleine Coburn were central partners in the Great War project with Charnwood Arts and All Saints Church, conducting research, creating events and overseeing the replacement of the church memorials to a more prominent position. The book 'For the Fallen' produced through the project was an inspiration for the subsequent play which hauntingly profiles a fictitious Regimental Sergeant Major from the town through his letters to his wife. The role actually remembers local man RSM Parker who was lost at Frezenberg.

Exploring questions raised by the war , the conduct of its operations and consequences in the post war period this serious focus is equally punctuated by moments of Quixotic humour and songs from the period. What we learn about RSM Hills and his wife Magda at the end of the play is both moving and thought provoking. 

Supported by: 
Charnwood Arts