Leave Hitler to me Lad

Tue 16th – Sun 21st Aug 2011


“We didn't all go back home on romanticised trains to London. We didn't even know what our parents looked like.”





Duck Egg Theatre Company


Duck Egg Theatre, specialists in the rural touring of new writing, are set to follow up the success of their last production, Rainbow Gran, when they premiere their latest piece - Leave Hitler to me Lad at Paradise in Augustine's at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011.

Performed by a young cast with music by LA composer Ben Pringle of Buffy The Vampire Slayerfame, the show will run for one week during the Fringe and will then embark on a large rural tour.

Based on a true story, Leave Hitler To Me Lad tells the untold tale of a lost generation of children in the aftermath of World War 2.

Brian's Dad is a war hero and he's coming home any day now. He's been coming home for 7 years...It's 1952 and the country is rebuilding itself. King George is dead and Rock 'n' Roll is here to stay. The children at Great Stoney Residential School listen to Little Richard on their transistor radios at bedtime. Brian has lived here since he was two weeks old and he is miserable. He tries to remember a time before Great Stony and can't take another 'cattle market' - where adults come and take his friends 'home' but nobody wants him.

Brian builds his own little family at the school with his rabbits Andy and Pandy, friends Gladys, an orphan, George, who doesn't know where his parents are either and Mr Bill his Welfare Officer. Then there is Miss Bate's, the Headmistress of Great Stony who rules the school with an iron fist.

The children look forward to Sports Day - a day off Bates' rules and sanctions. However, heads turn when glamorous teenager Pam appears to unravel the past and reveal a shocking secret that will turn Brian's world upside down, forever.

The production, written by Haley Cox, is based on the real experiences and her father and his school friends of their time in a residential school during and after World War 2. "We didn't all go back home on romanticised trains to London. We didn't even know what our parents looked like."

Leave Hitler to me Lad is entered for the NSDF Edinburgh Emerging Artists Competition and is supported by The Ropewalk (Barton-Upon-Humber).

Admission: £7(£5)

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