The Rutlanders Return performances were sold out and the capacity audience enjoyed a truly moving, funny and extremely well researched play about the aftermath of WW1 in Rutland. There were many comments from audience members –
” It should have received a standing ovation but Rutlanders Return left us stunned and riveted to our seats after its moving and true account of those who returned to the small rural communities of Rutland and the lives of those who had been left behind.
As someone who has lived in the county for over 40 years I had heard some of the stories relived in this imaginative production where the cast discretely added station masters hat, nurses apron or cooks cap as they changed their roles and the table was covered alternatively with smart cloth, rustic cover or left bare to indicate the change of venues.
“Vivid in my mind was the tale accurately depicted of Will Codrington’s battle fatigued horse sent back from the font at the end of the war by train. When the wagon doors opened at Manton station, it bolted, fled the scene and was found patiently standing outside his stable in Preston. The story was told to me by Wills’ younger brother John many years ago and who has long since died.
Will’s daughter like many in the county did not manage to see the production, it was sold out at every performance. It had to be performed in an intimate setting, I saw it at the Kendrew Barracks. I do so hope that its inspirational script can be published as a Rutland legacy and perhaps a DVD made of the play as a reminder for all to see .”
And a further comment
“This was an extremely well crafted and executed production with a truly ensemble feel about it. Dealing as it did with the aftermath of WWI it was an interesting and unusual perspective on the effects of war in this centenary year. It was also very revealing and informative about details of Rutland life and history. Those taking part clearly enjoyed the experience but also gained a great deal in terms of acting skill. An extremely worthwhile project which, judging from the full attendance, clearly engaged with the local community. “
Thank you to everyone involved.
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