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The Routledge Companion to Free Will yY struggle with the war and each other At no point do we leave the dugout not even to enter the war s notorious trenches per seet sounds of the war are heard throughout every scene It s a claustrophobic intense situation and story Apparently Sherriff originally wanted to title it Suspense or Waiting which are actually better titles in some ways As a WWI work Journey s End depicting some key details Our main character Stanhope reveals a man shattered by war in a good portrait of PTSD when it was only called shell shock We see the British army caught between moral burnout and hard won professional expertise The classic sense of commanders being out of touch and inhumane appears during the penultimate raid seuence Comedy around sualor and bad food recalls veterans black humor And some of the plot involves planning for familiar military details such as launching a raid across no man s land and preparing for a major attack Act III includes a scene that encapsulates a great deal of class tensions when Stanhope disciplines Raleigh for violating class expectations Myford Series 7 Lathe Manual: ML7, ML7-R, Super 7 yes other things are involved tooAndet the play differs from many post 1914 works of WWI fiction in that it is not clearly antiwar Unlike say All uiet on the Western Front my reflections or Wilfred Owen s poems Journey s End is about men who despite everything insist on fighting They are committed to the war even if the issues German aggression etc never really appear A key plot involves one officer Hibbert who seems to be faking an illness in order to get out of serving any longer Stanhope massively brutalized by the war manages to convince Hibbert to stay even at the point of threatening to kill him This doesn t appear to be cynical but heartfelt It reminds me of Pat Barker s Regeneration 1991 which similarly resists condemning men for deciding to fight and likely dieIt is a minimalist play in some ways Dialog is brisk and concrete lacking lyrical passages brooding monologues or detailed recaps of off stage events As I mentioned before the setting is closely confined in space I can imagine how good staging could heighten thisThe play has been filmed several times and a new version has just appeared I look forward to it as well as hoping to see Journey s End on stage at some pointAlso posted to Roads Journey s End is considered a classic of First World War literature now but at the time it was rejected by almost every producer in the West End How can I put on a play with no leading lady one manager complained providing Sherriff with the title to his future autobiography It finally secured a pitiful two night run at the Apollo in December of 1928 where it had the great good fortune to feature an unknown twenty one Attirance Criminelle Tome 1 year old actor in the lead role one Laurence Olivier It and he never looked backIt s a beautiful part for an actor in a play that s wonderfully lean and controlled a claustrophobic tense study of combat trauma in three efficient acts There is only one set the inside of a British dugout and we are not allowed out of it for the duration of the play watching the interactions between Captain Stanhope and his four officers as a major German attack approachesAll of them deal with the tension in their own ways Stanhope self medicates with whisky Osborne his second in command is calm and stoical Hibbert attempts to feign a debilitating neuralgia and Trotter concentrates on enjoying his food to the fullestThe newest arrival Raleigh knew Stanhope at school where he was skipper of rugger at Barford and kept wicket for the eleven he has pulled strings to be in his boyhood hero s company and through him we see the changes that aear on the Western Front has wrought on StanhopeIn its setting and in the dynamic of its characters ou can see this play standing suarely behind almost every televisual in the dynamic of its characters ou can see this play standing suarely behind almost every televisual film representation of the trenches ever since characters ou can see this play standing suarely behind almost every televisual film representation of the trenches ever since is practically a blueprint for Blackadder Goes Forth with company cook Mason doing duty as comic relief It is also very moving perhaps most of all because ITS CHARACTERS ARE NOT AGAINST THE WAR AT ALL characters are not against the war at all believe that what they re doing is important we watching from a distance are almost overwhelmed by the meaningfulness that can be created from futility Journey s End RC Sherriff s short 96 page 1928 play about a group of officers in the trenches shortly before a German offensive is very much of its time and et remains profoundly movingRC Sherriff wrote the play based on his own experiences and appears to have no particular axe to grind neither anti war nor patriotic with its primary focus on the toll placed on the oung officers and the working class soldiers thrown into such a horrific situation18 ear old Second Lieutenant Raleigh is the new arrival in the company commanded by his former schoolboy hero Captain Stanhope Raleigh is only three ears ounger but there s a gulf in terms of the wartime experience that separates the pair Stanhope s world weariness and stiff upper lip mentality mean that the intolerable stress he is under is only ever alluded to He needs a bottle of whiskey each day to be able to cope Even this coping mechanism lets him down as the play develops The small ensemble cast of eight primary characters are all essential to providing a dramatic and revealing dynamic that in such a short book says as much about the devastation and waste of the great war as much longer novelsJourney s End is a gripping and powerful read I d love to see this dialogue delivered on stage It s no surprise that this play continues to be revived It s a stunning and deeply moving evocation of the sacrifices made by so many oung people during the conflict of 1914 1918 and well worth the hour or two it takes to read55 Sherriff s play from 1929 suspends us as readers in the realm of the Great War The play takes place in a dug out in the trenches on the Western Front Sherriff elouently brings forward a strange blend of the British class system superimposed on three days of the Great War The characters are colorful and well depicted so I found myself enjoying the drama through their eyes It is a play depicting humanity with the help of the unreal edges of the brutality of war colliding with memories self and a sense of home I uickly fell for this blend of life and my imagination brought me close to the story I felt like a fly on the wall as Sherriff s words transported me to the bunker and a few days of the lives of these men Highly recommended if ou like British drama or are drawn to the world of the Great War It would be worthwhile watching a live performance of the play I understand that a movie based on the play will be released in 2018httpwwwkatieliascomcommunities Review coming soon Down with a bit of a flu Suffice to say that this neat somewhat too precious little play could have been a lo. And futility of trench warfare as Captain Stanhope and his officers await attack in their dugou. ,


Rather Two German soldiers and their mule wearing gas masks in World War One 1916 All soldiers and officers had to wear masks for protection from the deadly gas called Phosgene which was released into the atmosphere by the Germans The following extract shows the details regarding it TROTTER I reckon they will I remember one morning last week we was coming out of the salient just when it was getting light in the morning it was at the time when the Boche was sending over a lot of gas that smells like pear drops La vie sexuelle de Tintin you knowOSBORNE I know PhosgeneTROTTER That s it We were scared to hell of it All of a sudden we smelt that funny sweet smell and a fellow shouted Gas and we put on our masks and then I spotted what it was Gas warfare informational poster of World War One showing a soldier with his gas mask off Often it is the futility and senselessness of war that makesou appreciate the value of life and the beauty of nature which The Spinster and the Rake (Never a Wallflower, you earlier might not have In how many colours haveou seen the sun rising and setting Read how Osborne feels in the following uote OSBORNE I never knew the sun could rise in so many ways till I came out here Green and pink and red and blue and grey Extraordinary isn t it Sometimes Not You Its Me (Boston Love, you have to read something funny or say something humorous to kill the boredom and drabness of war or as an escape from reality Do controlour laughter on reading what Trotter is reciting TROTTER reciting Tell me mother what is thatThat looks like strawberry jamHush hush my dear it s only PaRun over by a tram Osborne reads Lewis Carroll s Alice s Adventures in Wonderland during his rest hours for enjoyment and escapism He reads loudly so that Trotter too can hear it How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tailAnd pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scaleHow cheerfully he seems to grin And neatly spread his clawsAnd welcomes little fishes in With gently smiling jaws Even crocodile smiles can be so deceiving We had always known about its tears By the way Osborne is reading in candlelight as sunshine hardly comes inside the dugouts When several candles are burning at the same time it can make the temperature uite hot and unbearable Then there were rats which nibbled at Traces et indices d'oiseaux. Pistes, nids, plumes, crnes... your shoes and worms which madeou feel ueasyThe officers only get to sleep in short stints of two to three hours On waking up they have their tea and then immediately head for the trenches for duty The cook too sleeps in his dugout and is always being called by one officer or another to serve breakfast lunch or dinner or tea with jam and bread Two German soldiers keep watch while the rest sleep in a trench Lice dirt vermin dysentery battle fatigueshell shock trench foot trench mouth mud snow heat and rain were some of the other odds they faced besides the enemy I loved the book from start to finish It shows the horrors of war and the rough and tough life spent inside dugouts without glorifying it in any way And who better for the job than R C Sherriff who had first hand experience of it No caption necessary as the uote says it all Laurence Olivier starred as Stanhope in the first performance of Journey s End in 1928 the play was an instant stage success and remains a great anti war classic The cover of the book that I own shows the poster for the 1929 Savoy Theatre production of Journey s End An officer can be seen climbing the steps leading to a trench from the dugout A flyer for a classic play that was running in Ypres BelgiumA film based on the book was made in 1976 It was called Aces High However its director Jack Gold has also added some portions from Cecil Lewis s book Sagittarius Rising Besides he has shifted the First World War story from trenches to the sky with air force pilots involved in dogfights Even Then The Story Remains Pretty Much then the story remains pretty much same It has a great cast which includes Malcolm McDowell Christopher Plummer Peter Firth and Simon Ward A Japanese DVD cover of Aces High You must always think of it like that if ou can Think of it as as romantic It helps This review is going to be a uick one because it s impossible to really go into depth without spoiling the storyI don t normally read plays because they seem to unleash a wave of high school related memories and trying to think of uotes and line numbers and acts and basically getting myself into a tizzy But I love the theatre and I ve wanted to read Journey s End for a while now because I ve heard it was beautiful and tragic And they are my favourite adjectives when it comes to literatureJourney s End is an extremely claustrophobic play set in the trenches in March 1918 as the war is drawing to a close It tells the story of a group of officers and their commander over a course of three days Apparently RC Sherriff intended the play to be called Suspense or Waiting and I over a course of three days Apparently RC Sherriff intended the play to be called Suspense or Waiting and I to say they both would have been perfect titles for thisThis play was so tenseAnd a lot of people may dismiss the scenes and the conversations as slow but I think that is the whole point and what makes the In the films set around WW1 there is always something happening shells exploding machine guns hammering but in reality there was a lot of time where the men were just waiting Instead of writing a play that is about the combat Sherriff chose to focus on the men and their feelings The most striking part was that he could have chosen any group of soldiers on either side of No Man s Land and still had the same play the same feelings and the same message I loved the characters each and every one of them feeling real to me Complex Stanhope with his inner conflicts and extremely human fears the dark humorous banter between Osborne and Mason Hibbert and his terror the ever changing relationship between Stanhope and the oung Raleigh the enthusiastic optimistic officer who becomes and disillusioned when he begins the truth and sees what happens to men who are fighting I loved them all This play reminded me of the preface that Wilfred Owen wrote This book is not about heroes English poetry is not et fit to speak of them And it s so true The scenes between the men were extremely subtle and really drove home the complete and utter futility of it all And I think it s this subtlety that made the final scene all the haunting Maybe I shouldn I think it s this subtlety that made the final scene all the haunting Maybe I shouldn go and see this on stage the public tears could be embarrassing This review is part of my Poppies Prose feature You can find out here Journey s End 1928 is a powerful play and an unusual take on the First World WarThe conceit is simple In 1918 a group of British officers wait in an underground shelter for the German army to begin what was then the largest military offensive in human history Two men who knew each other as friends before the war find their relationship and their selves radically altered An older man tries to support both of them as the. Ions Many have large casts and an eual mix of boy and girl parts This play deals with the horror. ,

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