BLITZ – JACKS WAR. OCTOBER 2008

Our nostalgic production of BLITZ – JACKS WAR  is our most technical production to date, incorporating sound track, slides and newsreel film from the period.  All this as well as controlling 15 stage microphones and a set that moved around to cover many different locations has been a real challenge to our crew.

As always, the Class Act actors proved that you dont get better than Class Act. A cheering packed house left the theatre with tears in their eyes……….nothing unusual there then!

Grimsby Evening Telegraph Review by Paul Smith

BEING as honest as I can be, when I am down to do a theatre review I usually go fearing the worst.

I don’t expect much from them, especially in plays featuring a cast made up the in large part by children.

But it is safe to say that those kind of presumptions won’t get in my way in the future after watching Blitz – Jack’s War at the Parkway Cinema in Cleethorpes last night.

I was mesmerised from start to finish – it was a wonderfully acted, perfectly directed and brilliantly written story of love, loyalty and of course war.

The Class Act Theatre Company compelled the audience from start to finish and by the end there was hardly a dry eye in sight – and that is no exaggeration.

The plot depicts the Bamford family in London during World War Two told through the diaries of the youngest boy Jack.

The father is off to serve the country, and with his wife having died giving birth to their youngest daughter, the children are evacuated to a country estate to work through the war – except the oldest, Eve, who stays at their home.

Through narratives by the older Jack, scenes involving the adventures of all the family and superb war-time footage, music and speech – including Churchill’s ‘we will fight them on the beaches’ – the story is full of twists and turns.

I have long been interested in wartime stories but before seeing this production I couldn’t begin to imagine what it must have been like to live through.

This play brought it to life immaculately, and Jack’s story touched everyone.

At times I felt the plot – written by Class Act principal David Wrightam – was heading to become too predictable, but then a huge twist in the story would stop it being so.

Special mention must go to George Ramsey who played the young Jack faultlessly, and also to Craig Allen who was fantastic as the controller of the estate where the youngsters worked.

But overall the whole cast deserve huge praise for a superb portrayal of that time in history – and a great story line to boot.

I can’t wait to do my next theatre production review.

Paul Smith

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