It’s August 1959 and three men sit on a bench in the garden outside a home for retired military men, somewhere in France, planning a breakout. Philippe, Gustave and Henri, all war heroes, have had enough of the tortures of their confinement: dictatorial captors, untrustworthy fellow prisoners and far too many birthday parties. Indeed, life in a retired soldiers’ home is almost unbearable! So, while keeping each other company on the back patio, they hatch a plan to escape to Indochina, or at least a picnic under the poplars on a nearby hill.
Heroes was written by French playwright Gérald Sibleyras as ‘The Wind in The Poplars’ over a period of about 10 years, finally being staged in 2002. This new version of Sibleyras’s work, re-named ‘Heroes’, was translated (with minor amendments) by Tom Stoppard and opened in its current form at Wyndham’s in 2005 with John Hurt, Richard Griffiths and Ken Stott.
Winner of London’s prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of this French play is playful, bawdy and heartbreakingly funny.
The Other Theatre Company bring Heroes to Davenham on Thursday 14th November nightly at 7:30 to Saturday 16th November.
Tickets at £10.00 (concessions £8.00 Thursday 14th only) are available from Davenham Players Theatre on 01606 259 596 or online at danarts.org
Doors and Bar 7:00pm
Show at 7:30pm