Tale of the Christmas truce comes to Mill

Alex Gwyther stars as Private James Boyce in his play Our Friends, the Enemy
Alex Gwyther stars as Private James Boyce in his play Our Friends, the Enemy

There will be a final opportunity to catch the acclaimed wartime theatre production Our Friends, the Enemy when it comes to The Mill Arts Centre for one night only next month.

The Banbury performance will be the final date on the show’s UK tour before the production team head to America to perform on the New York stage in December.

The show has so far been a success in the UK, which stands the production in good stead for a positive reception over in the States.

The production team have enjoyed previous sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New Wimbledon Studio and Theatre 503 in London, as well as on their two previous UK tours.

The show tells the remarkable true story of the famous ‘Christmas truce’ during the First World War.

With an unofficial ceasefire declared on Christmas Day, soldiers from both sides decided to cast aside their weapons and their differences, crossing the barbed wire to meet their enemy in no man’s land.

The jokes and gifts they shared and the carols they sang together symbolised a touching moment of peace and humanity in amongst the desperate chaos of a brutal war.

The most recent tour coincided with events held up and down the country for the centenary year of the start of the First World War, a factor that undoubtedly contributed to the production’s success.

It is written by acclaimed poet and playwright Alex Gwyther, who also performs as Private James Boyce.

The play’s producer, David Adkin, is from Banbury and still keeps close to his roots by acting as the Chair of Trustees for Cherwell Theatre Company.

With this in mind, it seems fitting for the final UK performance to be given in Adkin’s home town.

Our Friends, the Enemy will be performed at The Mill Arts Centre on Thursday, September 10, with curtain up at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £14 each (£12 concessions). To book, go to: www.themillartscentre.co.uk or call 01295 279002.

To find out more about the show or the individuals behind the scenes, visit: www.ourfriendstheenemy.com