Another Mother's Son (12A)

Date: Monday, 24 April 2017
Time(s): 19:30 to 21:30

Type: Theatre and Stage

 

Seat prices   £6 adults £5 children

Director: Christopher Menaul,   Starring: Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Ronan Keating, Amanda Abbington

Based on the true story of Louisa Gould, the drama is set during World War II on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey. Lou took in an escaped Russian POW and hid him over the war's course. The tension mounts as it becomes clear that Churchill will not risk an assault to recapture the British soil, and the island-community spirit begins to fray under pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty. Against this backdrop, Lou fights to preserve her family's sense of humanity and to protect the Russian boy as if he was her own.

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Jersey, 1942.  of war are put to work in slave labour camps, the residents of Jersey face a future of uncertainty and fear which frays tempers and tests loyalties among the tight-knit island community.

 

One such resident is Louisa Gould (Jenny Seagrove), who refuses to give up hope for the island she holds so dear, for her sons fighting abroad and for a rescue by Churchill's forces that never seems to materialise.

 

When a Russian soldier called Feodor (Julian Kostov) escapes the labour camps, seeking shelter, Lou realises she can't simply hand him back. Alongside her sister Ivy (Amanda Abbington), brother Harold (Ronan Keating) and the village postmaster Arthur (John Hannah), Lou decides to harbour the fugitive, striking up a bond with the young, intelligent man she calls Bill for short, whom she soon treats as her own.

 

As rations on the island become scarcer and tensions rise among the inhabitants, Lou's defiant attitude and cavalier approach to hiding the fugitive in plain sight arouses suspicion from the Nazis and distrust among her neighbours. Facing the prospect of capture and deportation to Germany, Lou plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse to keep Bill safe from harm, refusing to believe that the wider community will betray her. In doing so, she risks paying the ultimate sacrifice for her duty to her friends and a young man caught up in the horror of war...

 

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