Wartime play to be staged at Downham Town Hall

Nathanael Campbell and Grace Osborn in a scene from Somewhere in England. Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Nathanael Campbell and Grace Osborn in a scene from Somewhere in England. Photo by Mike Kwasniak
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A fascinating and moving new theatre production telling the wartime story of what happened when thousands of American GIs arrived in rural East Anglia is being staged at Downham Town Hall next Thursday.

Somewhere in England, written by Polly Wiseman, takes you back to May 1942, when the first Eighth U.S. Army Air Force aeroplanes arrived.

With them came thousands of GIs who, in some places, outnumbered the local population by 50 to 1.

This unique moment in history, often referred to as ‘the friendly invasion’ had a huge impact on social and cultural life in the Eastern region.

Nylons, Hershey bars and jitterbugging to swing bands in the local village hall all feature.

This production is touring to more than 50 towns and villages, stopping off at Downham on Thursday (7.30pm).

To book tickets or for more information call 01473 211498 or visit www.easternangles.co.uk