Friends of Enemies – rehearsed reading of a play by Polly Wright, exploring issues around Europe in the second world war
After having discovered some letters from an Italian Prisoner of War to my grandmother in North Wales after he was placed on my grandparents’ farm after his capture in WW2- I have now written a first draft of a play on the subject of POWs in North Wales called Save Europe Now.
Set in Ruthin towards the end of World War 2, Friends of Enemies explores the impact of the presence of Italian POWs on farms and in the local community during the war. The story focuses on the interactions between Mario, a Northern Italian POW and farmers Dai and Elizabeth Williams, and the fault lines the war exposes both in their marriage and the community which existed in Wales at the time, and the emergence of the concept of post war European solidarity.
Friends of Enemies is an Arts Council England funded work in progress play, written by Hearth Centre director Polly Wright. This performance is part of a tour of rehearsed readings of the play in March 2019 as part of the Research and Development phase of the production.
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