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CopyLong – 175 WordsSuitable for 11+
Waiting For Stanley takes us back to 1945 and a railway station platform where a wife is anxiously waiting for her husband, Stanley, to return from the front. The train arrives full of homecoming soldiers but Stanley doesn’t appear… Throughout this touching physical comedy, suitcases transform into radios, cribs, typewriters and a whole host of other props; clowning and puppetry combine to paint a picture of how life was for Britain’s women during the war.
With flashbacks to experiences on the Home Front, intercut with fantasies of what may have happened to Stanley, this pacy story is based entirely on real-life experiences. There’s the getting by with ration book recipes, the excitement of leaving a job as a typist and starting one as a motorcycle courier, and, most of all, the ache of separation from husband at the front and child evacuated to the country, with only letters to hold on to.
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by Greenwich Theatre, Middlesex University Artists in Residence Scheme and Millfield Arts Centre.
Short – 79 Words
Suitable for 11+
In this touching physical comedy, clowning and puppetry show we are taken back to a railway station in 1945 where a wife waits for her husband, Stanley to return from the front line, but he doesn’t appear… Finger in the Pie take you on Journey of the day in the life of women during the war.
Suported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by Greenwich Theatre, Middlesex University Artists in Residence Scheme and Millfield Arts Centre.
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★★★★★ – Fest Magazine
‘An exquisitely realised ode to the women of World War II’
★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
‘Hilariously funny as well as deeply poignant, this is a show that you simply have to see. A work of pure genius.
★★★★★ – Hairline
‘Superb and extremely touching, ‘Waiting for Stanley’ might just be the show not to miss at the Fringe 2012.’
★★★★★ – Fringe Review
‘A first class performance delivered with panache, humour and warmth. Not to be missed.’
★★★★★ – Cream of the Fringe
‘Humorous, moving and vibrant’
★★★★★ – Theatre Guide London
‘Touching and immensely entertaining