A fascinating and moving wartime tale, charting the arrival of thousands of American GIs from the 8th US Army Air Force , comes to Peterborough next month for one night only.
Nylons, Hershey bars and jitterbugging to swing bands in the local village hall all feature in Somewhere in England by Polly Wiseman, directed by Gari Jones.
It is being brought to St John’s Hall, Mayor’s Walk, West Town, on March 19 by Eastern Angles. the regional touring theatre company for the East of England which put on the hilarious Holy Mackerel at the Key Theatre last month.
Somewhere in England also looks at another side to this shared history of the “friendly invasion” – a tale of segregation and of rural communities turned upside down. Kids being forced to grow up before their time, friendships forged and then blown apart and outsiders learning to live amongst the locals.
It tells the important story of how the Eastern region was physically and socially affected by the arrival of our friends from across the Pond.
Somewhere in England is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Eighth in The East project - designed to highlight this period in East Anglia’s history.
It will tour to over 50 towns and villages across the East of England including special site-specific performances at Thorpe Abbotts airfield in Norfolk and Debach Airfield in Suffolk.