Women who fought in fields of Britain

December 01 2014

BISHOPSTON theatre group Kelvin Players is shining the spotlight on those who have held the fort on British soil.

BISHOPSTON theatre group Kelvin Players is shining the spotlight on those who have held the fort on British soil.

Lilies on the Land is a moving, yet comical portrait of four women who sign up to join the Women’s Land Army - a British civilian organisation set-up to assign women to agriculture work while men were called up to fight.

Based on 150 letters and interviews with original 'Land Girls' - the name given to the women working for the WLA - along with songs from the period, Lilies on the Land charts the personal journeys of four women, determined to work endless hours on farms in a bid to do their best for the war effort.

The play examines how these women - from different walks of life, torn from their families and bereft of all basic home comforts - deal with the hardships of farming life and pressures of war.

Director Sue Stobbs said: “This is a lovely assembly of stories and memories from the period, which leaves you with a warm admiration for these women, who set out to do their best for the war effort.

“This has been a wonderful production to work on and have really enjoyed working with this cast. The stories have left me feeling quite emotional.”

The play - first performed by the Lions Part, a London-based theatre company - runs from December 2-6 at the Kelvin Studio in Gloucester Road.

Doors open from 7pm every evening where there is a licenced bar, with the performances starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 Wednesday to Saturday, and £8 on Tuesday.

To book tickets, call 0117 9593636 or visit www.kelvinplayers.co.uk. For more information about tickets email:boxofficeenquiries@kelvinplayers.co.uk