When The Band Begins To Play

When The Band Begins To Play
When The Band Begins To Play

Volunteer chaplain, the Rev Geoffrey Kennnedy, aka ‘Woodbine Willie’, was one of many unsung heroes of WW1 – until Patricia Hartshorne decided to write a song about him.

On Saturday June 20 at 8pm, she comes to Hastings’ Electric Palace Cinema with When the Band Begins to Play, her WW1 cabaret mix of humour and horror.

With her Manchester-based company GlovesOff, Patricia has toured widely at home and abroad, and now this award-winning writer and performer brings her idiosyncratic take on the Great War to Hastings, accompanied by musician Peter Dobson.

The show opened at Buxton Fringe last year, “highly recommended” by one reviewer, with Patricia Hartshorne’s performance “in turns comic, sad – and positively breathtaking” along with music from her “terrific accompanist Peter Dobson”.

Watch out for blood, mud and lice. rats, rain and shellshock, letters, poems and a saucy song. And along with Woodbine Willie, meet Sapper Dorothy, a certain Mademoiselle from Armentières – and the Kaiser.

For a different look at war, get along to the Electric Palace Cinema and watch out for surprises – tickets £10 www.electricpalacecinema.com