Classic satire on war comes to Rugby High

More than 100 students are involved in the production
More than 100 students are involved in the production

Rugby High School breathes new life into a much-loved play for its annual school production next week.

Oh! What A Lovely War is a musical satire inspired by the events of the First World War. More than 100 students are involved in the production and have had creative input into the performance.

Head of drama Catherine Mason said: “Its messages and warnings are timeless.

“There have always been wars, and by the looks of things, there always will be. Men will always die in the most distressing ways on the front line, and war will never be dictated by those fighting but by the politicians, the corporations and businessmen, kings, queens and dictators.

“In this way, the play is not only satirical about the First World War, but is also political in its anti-war undertones.

“It is an absolutely delicious piece to get your teeth into, and we have enjoyed every bit of it.”

Oh! What a Lovely War began life in 1961 as a radio play, before being transferred to the stage in 1963. A film version was made in 1969.

The show will be performed from Wednesday, December 7, to Friday, December 9. Call 01788 810518 to book.