The Wipers Times, by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, brings to life an incredible true story of a group of determined soldiers set on shining some light on the First World War. Following a sell-out run in 2017, The Wipers Times returns to the Arts Theatre from October 2018, with tickets available now.
In 1916, deep in the trenches of the Belgian town of Ypres, a small group of soldiers uncover an abandoned printing press. Re-built into working condition by a sergeant who was a printer before the war, the 12th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, set about creating The Wipers Times, a paper full of poems, jokes and essays about life in the trenches. The Wipers Times dramatises the incredible story of the paper which served as inspiration for modern-day publications like Private Eye and Charlie Hebdo.
Ian Hislop is best-known for his work at the satirical magazine Private Eye, where he has been the editor since 1986. He has also been a team captain on Have I Got News For You since 1990, and is the only person to appear in every single episode.
Nick Newman has worked as a cartoonist at Private Eye since 1981, and as a comedy sketch writer, he has written for many programmes such as The Harry Enfield Show, Murder Most Horrid and The News at Bedtime.