Days of Hope with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall
Andrew Yon for All Star Productions Ltd presents Days of Hope with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall, book by Renata Allen, at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, a fringe venue in Walthamstow, east London 8 to 18 Oct 2013.
Directed by Tim McArthur, musical director is Aaron Clingham.
Set in Spain in 1939, in the dying moments of the Spanish Civil War. The story begins with a family celebrating the marriage of the daughter, Sofia, to an English volunteer, but the wedding meal is tinged with anger at Franco and his fascists. They plan to escape that night to England with Sofia’s groom, Stanley, but before the plan is executed, various visitors over the course of the evening bring different perspectives upon their condemnation of Franco, of Mussolini and Hitler for their intervention, and of Britain’s non-intervention… The family ends up being torn apart, trying to decide whether to flee or stay and fight.