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The Valentine Letters Play

In 2018 I published the book ‘Gepruft – The Remarkable Second World War Letters of Prisoner of War John Valentine and his wife Ursula’ and am now in the process of adapting this as a stage play. We are currently planning for a November 2023 staging in St Albans, Hertfordshire.


By Steve Darlow and Frances Zagni

A play based on the book ‘Gepruft’ by Frances Zagni and adapted for the stage by Steve Darlow.

The Second World War letters of prisoner of war John Valentine and his wife Ursula. A unique and unprecedented insight into the real life story of how two people struggled to find solace, and keep their hopes and love alive, despite the anxieties of John’s dangerous operational life with the Royal Air Force and his three years behind barbed wire.