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I have now decided to start to make recommendations for upcoming productions. Obviously, at the time of writing, I do not know if they will be good productions, but I am promoting them on the basis of the play (the story), the playwright, the director, or the actors. The first example of this was I tipped Chariots of Fire at the Hampstead Theatre. I am now moving onto the fringe and I am tipping The Custard Boys at the Tabard Theatre.
Cut and pasted from the Tabard Theatre website:
Boys of the Empire Productions present the World Premiere of THE CUSTARD BOYS, Tabard Theatre
Based on the novel by John Rae
Adapted and directed by Glenn Chandler
10 April - 12 May 2012
The Custard Boys: A play about love, war and grown-up stuff
Five London schoolboys are evacuated to a Norfolk seaside village, far from Hitler's bombs. They want to fight for England but are too young to join up and too old to wait. They join the school army cadet force and learn to fire rifles, they form a gang and play at being soldiers. But it is not real war.
Sixteen year old John Curlew dreams of being a Spitfire pilot. Mark Stein is Jewish and a pacifist refugee who hates the war and longs for it to end. When these two boys are thrown together and form a romantic bond, their friendship splits the group and invites fear and prejudice. But it is a challenge to a rival gang which becomes the catalyst for a sinister train of events. While men die in their thousands overseas, in a small corner of rural England a group of schoolboys embark on a final war game which will lead ultimately to tragedy.
The Custard Boys was filmed in the 1960s as Reach for Glory and is a story of sexual awakening, loyalty and betrayal which was compared upon publication to Lord of the Flies.
Follow the link for more details, to view the teaser trailer, and to book tickets:
Boys of the Empire Website is here: