The Evacuee - Chelsea Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
QUINT-Essential Theatre Company is presenting The evacuee, a World War Two Ghost Story, at Chelsea Theatre – from October 29 to November 17, 2013.
Set in the autumn of 1940, The Evacuee is a classic ghost story about a girl who is evacuated from London and sent to live with a complete stranger.
It is late evening and Janet Young, who has not spoken a word since witnessing the death of her brother during the Blitz, has arrived at widower George Wilson’s home, accompanied by her compassionate billeting officer, Brenda.
Upset, lonely and frightened of her surroundings, Janet explores her new bedroom. Spooked by the eerie contents, Janet rushes to bed and waits for morning…
Over the next few days, the stresses of war take its toll on all three characters, turning each of their worlds upside down. As unexplained events and strange goings on happen within the house, George’s dark and disturbing past is brought to light…
Originally written as a short play, Quint-Essential performed The Evacuee in three London fringe theatres in 2011, as part of a collection of short plays entitled Dark Tales. Due to the overwhelming response from both audience and critics alike playwright Ian Breeds set about creating the full length version of this heartbreaking yet dark original piece of theatre.
The Evacuee is suitable for ages 14 years +.
Tickets: £12, £10 concessions. To book visit www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/the-evacuee/.
Times: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm, Wednesday matinees at 2pm.
2-4-1 ticket promotion – October 29 and 30.
Halloween Special – October 31. Avoid Trick or Treater’s this Halloween and step back in time with this WW2 ghost story and tickets for £6.66.
1940s Evening – November 9. Heated rollers, red lipstick, waistcoats and flat caps at the ready! Dress up in clothing and costumes of the WW2 era, then enjoy a drink with the cast and crew after the show.
Remembrance Day – Sunday, November 10. Remembering the hero’s of war, £1 from every ticket sold for this performance will be donated to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
For more information visit www.quint-essentialtheatre.co.uk/.