The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2016 – Lest We Forget, 22nd August 2016

Lest We ForgetNext up I’m hoping for some meaty drama in the form of Aulos’ Productions’ Lest We Forget, at the Studio @ Paradise in Augustines, George IV Bridge, at midday on Monday 22nd. This is how the website describes it: “From award-winning Edinburgh writer James Beagon, one family struggles to reconcile memories of their son with the truth in the aftermath of WWI. When Harry Ashwood died in battle, he was hailed as a hero. Yet his surviving siblings strive to cast off his shadow as they take care of their ageing mother. Meanwhile, Edith relentlessly campaigns against the army for the right to bring her beloved boy home to rest. But is the boy she remembers the same man she lost at the Somme? ‘Breathtakingly ambitious’ **** (FringeGuru.com). ‘Very satisfying’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Fascinating’ **** (AllEdinburghTheatre.com).”

Lest We Forget alsoThis will be the third time we’ve seen an Aulos Production, having really enjoyed First Class in 2014 and Women of the Mourning Fields last year. Once again the play is written and directed by James Beagon and arrives at Edinburgh by way of the Buxton Festival. The cast comprises Sophie Harris, Grace Gilbert, Andrew Weir, Heather Daniel and Rob Younger; and I’m expecting this to give emotional and rewarding insights into the scars left by wartime loss. Check back about 1.15 to see how moving it was and by then the preview blog for our next show should be available to read too.

Post-show update:

Very intense and emotional play that specifically deals with a family coming to terms, not only with their son and brother dying in the First World War but also with the fallout with the Imperial War Graves Commission and the debate over where their final resting place should be. An extremely elegant production, with all five roles immaculately and sensitively performed; thought-provoking and very rewarding. Congratulations to all! 

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