Production depicts life in Exmouth during World War II

THEATREGOERS are invited to Elizabeth Hall to watch a new play based on life in Exmouth during World War II. The production, entitled Blackouts, Bobbies and Bombs, will be performed by Devon Youth Theatre on Friday, February 19, at 7pm. Mikhal Brandstatte

THEATREGOERS are invited to Elizabeth Hall to watch a new play based on life in Exmouth during World War II.

The production, entitled Blackouts, Bobbies and Bombs, will be performed by Devon Youth Theatre on Friday, February 19, at 7pm.

Mikhal Brandstatter, education officer at Devon and Cornwall police and organiser of the project, said: "The show is based on memories shared with us about Exmouth during World War Two, and, in particular, policing during this time.

"Nearly everything that happens in the play actually happened and there are places and events which local people will recognise and be familiar with."


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Blackouts, Bobbies and Bombs is the end product of a project funded by Heritage Lottery and the Museums and Archives Council in partnership with Devon Arts in Schools Initiative, funded by Devon County Council.

Mikhal added: "For six months, young people have been interviewing older people about their memories of the War in Devon.

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"A 'War-Time Tea-Party' was held at Glenorchy Chuch Hall, Exmouth, where the generations got together to share their experiences and points of view.

"Ron Lee, a retired police officer, who served in Exmouth during the War, now 91 years old, was present to relate his personal history, and much of what these people shared makeup the content of the play.

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