By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
A Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre production
Also, if you include running time, it’s 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 20 minute interval.
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. The Wipers Times is coming to Southend direct from the West End.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.
Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
“Laugh a minute”
Mail on Sunday
“What this play brilliantly conveys, without any sentimentality and with copious gags, is that the production of a few fragile pieces of paper came almost to matter more to those chaps involved than life itself.”
“Remarkable forerunner to Private Eye”
“A quite magnificent stage play”
Libby Purves, TheatreCat
Tickets: Mon to Thurs 8pm plus matinees - £29.50, £27.50, £22.50
Fri and Sat 8pm - £32, £30, £25
Concs £2.00 off (excludes Fri and Sat 8pm)
Senior Citizen Mid-week matinee special £22.50, RV£20.50 (exc. groups)
Group discounts – 10% off groups 10-19, 20% off groups of 20+ (all perfs)
Prices shown are inclusive of any applicable booking fees. Groups of 10+ please call 01702 351135 to buy fee-free.