Their Finest Hour, a play by Steve Darlow, and produced by Auriole Wells, presents the story of the men and women who served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
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It’s the day of Bert’s funeral. He’s an RAF Veteran of the Second World War and his family have gathered at his home for his last farewell, when they discover an old suitcase full of memorabilia in his attic. There’s a photo… ‘Me and Jamie, a bit worse for wear after a night out in London’ … ‘That was a night to remember. I’ll say no more. Our last day of leave. Within 24 hours of that picture we were over Germany again’.
This unique and moving theatre piece is the story of the Royal Air Force’s war from 1939 to 1945. The story of real people, of their bravery and sacrifice, told through the eyes and words of those who were there.
A completely new theatre piece, told through the words and eyes of those who were there, it is a truly unique and immersive verbatim production, with a cast playing over 100 characters. Featuring 1940s music and songs, poetry, and gripping story-telling, this stylish performance brings an emotive and significant part of our history to life.
‘Their Finest Hour is an absorbing piece of drama that never forgets the human toll behind the glamour of the dashing uniform … an earnest and beautifully performed show.‘ British Theatre Guide
Their Finest Hour takes us on a journey from the early days of survival during the desperate evacuation at Dunkirk, to the heroic Battle of Britain, the dark days of the Blitz, the escalation of the bomber offensive, the D-Day landings in Normandy and the final victory in Europe. Music from the era captures the emotion of the time; the hopes of those involved, the fight for freedom, and the sacrifice made. On 18 June 1940 Winston Churchill spoke to the House of Commons of the danger ahead, closing with a final call to the nation and her Allies. ‘Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’ This is the story of those who gave Their Finest Hour.