The Muddy Choir
National Army Museum
7th, 8th & 10th November
(School shows only)
Nominated for Best Play for Young Audiences, Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards 2015
It is November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody conclusion. Young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland home.
United by their childhood oath “nee killing, anly singing”, Robbie dreams their music will be a ticket away from the front, but attracting the attention of their commanding officers may prove more dangerous than bullets and gas.
The Muddy Choir tells the story of three soldiers serving with the Durham Light Infantry. Including traditional wartime songs, the play is about childhood friends growing up in unbearable circumstances and the humanising power of music.
The Centenary of the Armistice
In 2014, to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Theatre Centre first toured The Muddy Choir to critical acclaim. Commissioned and produced by the company, it was nominated for The Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards.
In 2018 Theatre Centre will tour The Muddy Choir once more to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.
Reviews and Feedback for The Muddy Choir (2014 - 15)
"Well-pitched for teenagers, this is a sensitive memorial to a generation of young men." – The Stage
“Thought-provoking, blackly funny and deeply moving – in fact exactly how a play about the First World War ought to be written.” – Public Reviews