Oh What A Lovely War at The Harlequin, Redhill, laid bare the harsh realities and devastating loss suffered in the First World War.

Stark images of violence were projected as the production opened and throughout we were faced with shocking statistics and pictures.

There was a somewhat obvious contrast between the seriousness of the facts displayed and farcical comedy energetically performed on stage.

The small cast of just five young actors showed great versatility, performing several roles each. They sang, danced, acted and played an array of instruments from the guitar to the mouth organ.

Props allowed the actors to swap roles fluidly, transforming them from army sergeants to nurses. Pantomime-like audience participation created a lively buzz in the auditorium. The satirical comedy and familiar wartime songs lifted spirits and made the show altogether very enjoyable.

However, the poignant message of the tragedy of war was not escapable, leaving us wondering why we are still at war today.

Louise Hennessy

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