My Boy Jack by David Haig
1913 : an introduction to 15yr old Jack Kipling, his defective vision, how he is desperate to get away from home, and how his father is determined to send him to war. A bitter family conflict is triggered leaving Rudyard – a renowned patriot – devastated by the warring of his greatest passions – his love for children (particularly his own) and his devotion to King and Country.
1915 : Jack does go to war – aided by his father’s influence – and is declared Missing In Action. We see Rudyard’s guilt at having helped Jack enlist.
1924 : Rudyard is interviewing soldiers from Jack’s regiment. One recalls his last moments – leading a charge against the German trenches, continuing the attack while the others dropped off in fear, killed by machine gun fire as he reached enemy lines. Kipling takes bittersweet solace knowing that his son died heroically.
A powerful and moving account of the anguish at the heart of a man whose storytelling continues to delight millions the world over.
My Boy Jack will be performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 7-10 February 2018. Directed by Helen Watson and Kerrie McCormick.
Following members’ and open auditions held in October the cast will be as follows …
|Rudyard Kipling||Philip Fine|
|Carrie Kipling||Deborah Watson|
|John (Jack) Kipling||Joe Deakin|
|Elsie (Bird) Kipling||Dani Turner|
|Guardsman Bowe||John McCormick|
|Guardsman McHugh, Major Sparks and BBC Announcer||Jem Turner|
|Guardsman Doyle||David Hornsby|
|Mr Frankland and Col. Rory Pottle||Stephen Rouse|