Two world wars.
Manchester, 1916 and Beattie is ahead of her time. A well read, bombastic adolescent with a promising future and a talent for writing. At sweet sixteen, Billy Glover is Beattie's first love. They live in letters sent across the battlefield.
Manchester, 1941 and Beattie, like the rest of Britain, finds herself in another war. Only this time she's got a failing marriage and an ageing mother to contend with. Living in memories, amidst the bombing, rationing and village gossip can Beattie survive and finally put old ghosts to rest?
A play about WOMEN, COMMUNITY, LOVE and LOSS.
Based on ORIGINAL letters written from the Battle of the Somme and the TRUE story of one remarkable woman. ‘If I Should Fall…’ explores what it means to be at war; at home and away, then and now, asking the question ... 'have we changed at all?'.
How did the play originate?
Find out more from writer Charlotte O'Leary here...
27 Sept, 7.45pm
Oldham Library (live@thelibrary)
28 Sept, 7pm
Touchstones Museum, Rochdale
29 Sept, 2pm
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
5 Oct, 8pm
Theatre Royal, Wakefield
30 Oct, 7.45pm
All performances will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and producers.
The story so far...
This is the first time we've worked with a writer from the very beginning and we have to say, it's been so beneficial and rewarding. Having met at Drama Centre back in 2013, we've wanted to work with Charlotte for a while. Then early last year Charlotte made an incredible discovery amidst unfortunate circumstances (watch her interview above!) and our story began.
The play has been through various stages of research and development since March 2017 and we've performed work in progress rehearsed readings at Oldham Coliseums FIRST BREAK Festival, Touchstones Museum Rochdale, Saddleworth Museum and Sandon House Heywood. We'll continue to develop the piece up until our Autumn 2018 tour.
We couldn't have gotten this far without the help and genorisity of actors, writers, fellow theatre makers and our audiences. We'd like to thank Mrs O'Leary (Charlotte's mum and daughter of the real Beattie!), Martha Simon, Pete Carruthers, Joel Parry, Adam Gardiner, Adam Davies, Gareth George, Matt Lannigan, Elizabeth Yorke, Scott Hodgson, Jordi Williams, Ed Green, Lisa O'Neill Rogan and Chris Lawson.
We're very proud and excited to have the support of Oldham Coliseum and Touchstones Museum as we continue on our adventures!
Find out more about Charlotte O'Leary