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REVIEW: Their Finest Hour at South Hill Park

Terry Adlam

REVIEW: Their Finest Hour at South Hill Park

Highlighting the role the RAF played in the Second World War, and taken from first-hand recollections from those who served, Writer, Steve Darlow, Director, Joe Malyan, Producer, Auriole Wells and an exceptional cast and production crew produced a powerful and entertaining piece of verbatim theatre. 

In the intimate surrounding of The Studio Theatre, I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions and was amazed at the creativity used that saw everyday objects and furniture transform into, for example, Spitfires and Lancasters bombers. Equally, Malyan and his team excelled in original reconstructions of famous air campaigns and battles.

The cast of nine portrayed over 100 roles, slipping in and out of characters with consummate ease and skill, with moving monologues, speeches, poetry and songs from the era.   

In the week that commemorated the Normandy landings 75 years ago, this was a fitting theatrical tribute and like ‘The Few’, will be remembered by me.

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