“Out of the Sun”

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The London-based Hen and Chickens theatre is about to launch a new play to commemorate of the Battle of Britain, entitled "Out of the Sun", with a premiere scheduled for 14 September

Title Out of The Sun theatre play
Author Roger Stennett
Produced by New Actors Company
www.newactorscompany.com
Venue The Hen and Chickens Theatre
109 Saint Paul’s Road
London N1 2NA
Closest Tube: Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line)
Times 14 September – 2 October 2010 at 7.00pm, Sundays at 2.30pm.
No Monday performances.
Pricing & availability Tickets at £15, available online via www.unrestrictedview.co.uk, or directly via the box office, phone 020 7704 2001

The London-based Hen and Chickens theatre is about to launch a new play to commemorate of the Battle of Britain, entitled “Out of the Sun”.

In a nutshell, the play is about its pilots – the famous “Few”.  The author of a screenplay is Roger Stennett, an acknowledged playwright & screenwriter whose previous work had been produced by companies such as BBC, ITV, The Royal Shakespeare Co and The Bristol Old Vic. The elegantly delivered scene presentation has been director Mark Pollard and designer Mike Lees had.

The screenplay is based around four RAF spitfire fighter pilots during the Second World War:

“The long, hot summer of 1940. On an airfield somewhere in southern England four young Spitfire pilots sit on the parched grass outside their Dispersal Hut waiting for the ring of the field telephone that will ‘scramble’ them into the skies – and combat.

‘Desperate Dan’ Anderson, Edward ‘Weaver’ Whyte, Jonathan ‘Joker’ James – all of them ‘veterans’ by the age of 21 – and Pilot Officer Young, a fresh-faced ‘sprog’, new on Squadron that morning. How will they fare between dawn and dusk? How will they fill the quiet moments between the battles up in thin air?

Today, growing old may seem a simple fact of life, but in the summer of 1940 it was a privilege that had to be earned…”
Excerpt from the screenplay

Hen and Chickens is a nice intimate theatre, located in Islington above a Victorian corner pub. It is perhaps best known for its solo shows, especially from big-name comics.

If you are in London, “Out of the Sun” provides  an opportunity for an interesting evening out, and to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in with a touch of class.

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