Acclaimed theatre company Eastern Angles bring ‘what if?’ wartime tale to Aylsham

An acclaimed theatre company - featuring a line up of grassroots talent - is bringing its 30th anniversary tour to Aylsham.

Eastern Angles will be transforming the town hall stage into 1940s Britain for its production of Private Resistance - an intriguing 'what if?' play set during the second world war.

Written by Norfolk-based playwright and director Ivan Cutting, the company's artistic director, the play follows the lives of a group of East Anglian villagers and explores how the country would have coped with an enemy invasion.

The audience is introduced to Diane Bowles, whose husband is behind bars in a prisoner of war camp, her nephew Wilf, a keen boy scout keen to get one over on 'Jerry', and her brother-in-law, who has ambitious plans to build a secret underground bunker manned by a small unit of men, ready to wage guerrilla warfare should the enemy reach home soil.

Into their lives comes spirited teenager Prue, a recent recruit to the Auxiliary Territorial Services, who comes looking for lodgings and is welcomed into Diane's home.

As war rages the small group - along with gamekeeper Frank Evans - are soon having to deal with events and emotions they never thought they would have to face.

The Eastern Angles have been bringing their regional-flavoured productions to towns and villages across the district since 1982, and have been performing at Aylsham's Town Hall for more than 10 years.

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Private Resistance -which is touring more than 50 venues - will hail a welcome return for the group's talented cast when the curtain goes up on Wednesday, March 28.

Tickets for the 7.30pm performance cost �10 (�9 for concessions) and are available from the box office on 01473 211498, from Postles in Aylsham or online via

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