York Theatre Royal Cis And Barbiche

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Date: 4th July 2014


I’ve just got home after a week away and simply had to write a blog about ‘Cis and Barbiche’ just in case anyone still has a chance to see this very moving production.

It is on at the Studio at The Theatre Royal in York and tells the love story, through almost 400 letters and many artefacts, of a young French Gunner based at Elvington in WW2 and his girlfriend Barbara. Ian Reed, Director of the Yorkshire Air Museum discovered that Barbara (Barbiche) was still alive and living in Western Australia. A book was written about this very moving wartime relationship and from that a play which premiered in WA earlier this year.

The cast was brought over and a very short run was organized to coincide with the Grand Depart of the Tour de France and also to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the 2,400 French airmen who arrived at Elvington in 1944.

I saw this production on Wednesday and am sad to say that it only runs till tomorrow – Saturday. If any of you who read my blogs are in the vicinity of York, I urge you to book a ticket. I haven’t enjoyed or been moved as much by a production in an age.

I will write more about it tomorrow when I’ve had time to catch up on everything but I just wanted to post this so that it might catch a few people in the York region.


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