Wartime tunes find new audience
SONGS that Won the War was such a hit for the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company last year that it will be shown again this Remembrance Day.
The musical will feature songs by such greats as Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields, Bing Crosby, George Formby, The Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, Dinah Shore, Bob Hope and Judy Garland.
The company's co-founder and artistic director Brenda Ryan said the songs during the Second World War "kept the morale up of both the troops and the people left at home and that helped them win the war".
"That was very much needed, particularly back then. That is why these songs have lived on for so long," she said. "When we did this last year on Remembrance Day we noticed that most of the audience had the words of the songs on their lips. We all said that if we forgot any words we just had to look to the audience who were mouthing it with us."
The musical is written and directed by company member Clive Render who was a child in England during the Second World War.
"He has written it in two time zones. He has a grandmother [played by Doreen Orton] telling her grandchildren about the war in present day times. She is the narrator," she said.
Songs that Won the War is on at The Old Courthouse in Ipswich on Sunday at 1.30pm. Adults $15. Concessions $12.