A Certain Demographic
Conchies!
Dates: 13th-18th Aug 2018
Time: 18:15 (19:45)
Price: £8.00 (£6.00) (£5.00SC) (£20.00F)

Drama. New Writing. Historical. Minimal use of strong language. Age 12+

Company Description

Members of A Certain Demographic are united by their mission to tell the story of the pacifists who set up a farming community in a Lincolnshire village during WW2. The cast are a mix of professionals and amateurs based in the area, including Chris who for 30 years farmed the land on which the conchies toiled and whose parents were 2 of the original COs.

Production Description

'Conchies!' tells the story in their own words of WW2 conscientious objectors who dared to be different choosing to farm not fight. What would you have done? Emotional, funny and challenging.

'A powerful evocation' (Damon Albarn). 'Really moving' (Jim Broadbent).

Review

Conchies

Based on the authentic testimony of conscientious objectors to the second world war, this lively production follows the courageous journey of a small group of people who refused to fight in that terrible conflict and who wanted to show that there was an alternative to war and warmongering. Setting up an innovative farming community in Lincolnshire, they sought to train COs in farming skills and to model the values of community and shared effort which they saw as the antithesis to war.

The play follows their journey, their trials, tribulations, successes and failures, with humour, passion and commitment. On the first night we were privileged to see Don Sutherland, one of the original members of the community and now aged 99, tell some of his story.

The show moves along at a cracking pace, with the versatile and talented cast playing a variety of roles. Above all their commitment to telling this remarkable story shines through, together with their genuine respect for the courage of COs and the women who supported them. The Quaker Meeting House is to be congratulated for bringing this play and this company to the Fringe and the full house clearly appreciated it.

Moving, inspiring, witty and thought-provoking, Conchies is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at its best. Grab a ticket while you can!


Hilary Patrick