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Letters Home

Daniel Bowling - Posted on 17.12.2017

As our first public production for 2017/18, the Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company performed Letters Home in December at the Shaw Theatre, Euston. This devised concert featured songs about war spanning the First and Second World Wars, Vietnam and the war in Afghanistan. This showcased a wide variety of styles for the company, from the vibrant and iconic sound of the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy era through to the contemporary rock of 21 Guns.

This emotional piece touched on the great loss of life that many have experienced across the generations, through the use of original letters written from serving soldiers to their families at home. These letters also spanned the generations, giving an insight into the lives of soldiers who were part of the Christmas Truce football match in World War One, right through to a soldier’s letter from Iraq to his new born son. Help for Heroes attended the concert and raised money to continue their support of the Armed Forces, through their work in the community with injured veterans. In total nearly £400 was raised and donated to H4H, who also had a special feature in the programme.

The students had a chance to showcase their first term of hard work to industry professionals as well as friends and family. Audiences were moved by their portrayal of classic songs heard during the First World War, as well as music written across the decades, all arranged by student Musical Directors. The students had a fantastic time working with Director Chrissie Cartwright, as well as with Musical Director James Spilling who conducted a large band to accompany the production.

A big thank you to our audiences for their continued support and to the dedicated team who made the show happen.

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