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War story tackled by players in their latest production

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 May 2014

The Old Buckenham Players play, My Boy Jack, marking the centenary of the start of World War One. In the trenches during the rehearsals, from left, Alan Frank as Guardsman Doyle; Tom Key as Lt Jack Kipling; and Paul Woodhouse as Guardsman Bowe. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Old Buckenham Players play, My Boy Jack, marking the centenary of the start of World War One. In the trenches during the rehearsals, from left, Alan Frank as Guardsman Doyle; Tom Key as Lt Jack Kipling; and Paul Woodhouse as Guardsman Bowe. Picture: Denise Bradley

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The moving tale of how writer Rudyard Kipling battled with loss in the First World War will be performed by the Old Buckenham Players in their latest production, which opens tonight.

My Boy Jack, written by David Haig, examines how grief affected Kipling and his family following the death of his son, John, known as Jack, at the Battle of Loos in 1915.

Kipling, famed for his classic stories as well as his poetry, was incredibly influential in the recruitment of troops and the propaganda office during the Great War. Perhaps less well known, is the enormous impact that the war had on him and his family.

The play, which was made into a television film, begins in September 1913, with Kipling’s determination to send his severely short-sighted son to war triggering an emotional family conflict.

Tom Key, of Old Buckenham Players, said with the approaching centenary of the war the play seemed an appropriate choice. He added: “We have sourced authentic First World War props, including weapons, and costumes to help bring this most moving of stories to life. We’ll also be having a collection for a local Royal British Legion branch.”

Performances start at 7.30pm and will be held from Wednesday, May 14, to Saturday, May 17, at Old Buckenham Village Hall. Tickets are £7 from Old Buckenham Stores, Nuts ‘n’ Bolts in Attleborough or by calling 01603 810373.

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