The Christmas truce on stage

Our Friends The Enemy
Our Friends The Enemy

A touring play tells the story of a magical moment from the First World War.

The Western Front, Christmas 1914: lights appear from the German trenches, ghosts rise behind the horizon, soldiers meet between the firing lines.

The events which follow are the most astounding stories of the Great War told through the eyes of one soldier, Private James Boyce.

Our Friends, The Enemy is an acclaimed one-man show combining theatre and spoken word to tell the story of the Christmas truce.

The play comes to the Ugland Auditorium at Stowe School on Saturday, November 22, at 7.30pm

Having been fascinated by the story of the Christmas truce, Alex Gwyther originally wrote the piece as a spoken word poem, which he has performed in front of a 1,000-strong audience at the Mayor of London’s Week of Peace. He has also been invited to perform at a Remembrance Service in aid of Help for Heroes and St. Dunstan’s Charity on three occasions.

Gwyther realised how undocumented these incredible stories were and the writing was further developed with the assistance of performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes.

In 2013 director Tom O’Brien joined the project and worked with Gwyther to create a one-hour-long play, which has enjoyed sell out runs at the New Wimbledon Studio, Theatre 503 and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In preparation for his role, in July 2013, Gwyther actually experienced spending the night in a trench built by military historian Andrew Robertshaw, who acted as military advisor to Steven Spielberg on the blockbuster Warhorse, based on part of an actual trench system built in Railway Wood near Ypres in 1917.

For more information and to book tickets, see www.ourfriendstheenemy.com