Eastern Angles are back in Peterborough this weekend with a fascinating new play Somewhere In England telling the wartime story of what happened when thousands of American GIs arrived in rural East Anglia.
In May 1942, the first Eighth U.S. Army Air Force planes arrived in East Anglia. With them came thousands of black and white American GIs. This unique moment in history, often referred to as ‘the friendly invasion’, had a huge impact on social and cultural life in the Eastern region. Naturally, nylons and Hershey bars pop up in Polly Wiseman’s new play, but there was another side to this shared history – a tale of segregation, kids being forced to grow up before their time, friendships forged and then blown apart, and outsiders learning to live amongst the locals.
This theatre production will tour to over fifty towns and villages across the East of England including a performance at St John’s Hall in Peterborough on Saturday (March 19).
Eastern Angles will also be staging special site-specific performances at Thorpe Abbotts airfield in Norfolk and Debach Airfield in Suffolk.
To book tickets call the Eastern Angles Box Office on 01473 211498 or visit the website: www.easternangles.co.uk