Reading it brought back the productions I have seen and it had me humming the songs.
Oh What a Lovely War by Joan Littlewood
No-one can really explain to us who have lived with peace during our lifetimes and we owe it in our act of remembrance t Apart from the poems of Wilfred Owen et al from the Great War nothing has moved me more than the film and later the play of 'Oh What a Lovely War'. No-one can really explain to us who have lived with peace during our lifetimes and we owe it in our act of remembrance to understand as much as we can if we are to engage and never forget.
The lives are spent, many in the prime of their youth, on the battlefields and beyond. A generation lived with its aftermath and for many their involvement was never shared and carried to the grave.
Oh, What a Lovely War!
Facts can overwhelm us. The scale of loss and the waste of life drown us in numbers we cannot count. However, wars have not ceased and the capacity to kill has advanced with time. In his Afterword, Victor Spinetti writes " Find your means to remember but if you can catch the play, please go I have always loved reading plays.
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Their sparceness has always been their power in that as a reader you always have to do mor to make the story work. You have to act the play out in your own mind; more so than with a novel. This though is not the easiest of plays to read as there is so much that is visual, newsreels, slides etc and relies on some knowledge of the songs being sung. I would recommend this wholeheartedly though especially in this the centenary commemoration of the start of WWI I have always loved reading plays.
I would recommend this wholeheartedly though especially in this the centenary commemoration of the start of WWI. I studied this play for my drama GCSE, but actually really enjoyed it despite fearing the worst. It gives a satirical view of the events of WWI and can be very funny at times. These comedic sections, however, are juxtaposed to great effect with the harrowing recollections of the death tolls and life on the battlefield.
I would definitely reccommend this to all drama students particularly, but I think it's also a great read for anybody with any interest in history. Sep 20, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: plays. A play well written by a troupe about WWI! The characters feel real, and the play is very easy to follow, even though some small parts are written in a foreign language; not more than a few lines here and there.
This play definitely goes from subtle humor to dark quickly, and never comes back up. If you enjoy a good read and a not so happy ending, but well ended play give this one a shot. Jan 18, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: books-you-must-read-before-you , play , war. Love the fact that when reading this play a friend was also reading it and they where completely different.
A harrowing story of the war and a brave attempt to get the truth to the masses. Aug 01, Lucy rated it really liked it. I performed this at uni in , funny how it is still culturally relevant today. Oct 02, Ela rated it liked it Shelves: satire , a2-coursework-conflict , ww1 , alevel. A biting satire chock full of historical references. The frantic delivery adds to the chaotic, sometimes unintelligible mood.
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While the irony is a little obvious in places, this is still a good read and serves pretty well as a summary of WWI. Think Blackadder's explanation of why WW1 started. Feb 23, Berenice rated it it was ok Shelves: uni-books. Maybe if I see the play perform on stage I'd appreciate it much better Too many songs.
Apr 09, Izzi Douet rated it liked it. Decent play.
Hard to tell completely what is happening when reading a play though. Would like to see it live. Jan 26, Salli added it. I couldn't put it down once I had started, I could jsut see it and how painful it would be to watch, a really moving piece of writing I would love to direct. Mar 03, Emily added it Shelves: seen-performed. It was an incredibly powerful depiction of WWI. Mar 21, Rachel Taylor rated it it was ok. I have seen the play too, which I preferred, I think it was just more moving and created an emotion-intense performance, something I just think the play didn't convey so well.
Oct 14, Milka rated it it was ok Shelves: , , plays. Had to read again for uni I liked this much more the second time around. Apr 01, Lizzie rated it liked it Shelves: books-i-own. I'm performing some of this in my A Level performing arts. I'm finding it a very fun play to perform and as I love Blackadder, the similarities between the two make it a win win situation! Alex rated it liked it Apr 01, Liam Torrens rated it it was ok Aug 01, Rozzy rated it liked it Feb 03, Katrina rated it liked it Sep 19, Colin rated it liked it May 29, Paddy-joe rated it really liked it Jul 16, Catharines; to black Canadians in Nova Scotia trying to enlist, but initially prevented from doing so; to Indigenous fighters such as the great sniper Francis Pegahmagabow the talented Ryan Cunningham , who should really have his own show.
Because of the controversial idea that a Canadian identity was forged, that a nation was born, at Vimy Ridge, the First World War has inspired no end of plays as well as literature and movies , ones that are rarely off our stages. Oh What a Lovely War runs until Oct. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters globeandmail. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter.
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