England Expects by Tom Glover at the Jack Studio Theatre
Tom Glover's new play England Expects runs at the Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley, south east London from 6-10 May 2014.
The play tells the real life story of Vesta Tilley, who was music hall’s greatest male impersonator. Her role in recruiting thousands of men to enlist for service in the First World War made her "the darling of the establishment", but as the horrors of the war rose to common knowledge, questions were asked as to which side she was really on.
Glover's play is a one woman, twelve character piece that tells her story within the context of the First World War. It features many of Vesta’s most well-known songs such as "Jolly Good Luck to the Girl Who Loves a Soldier" and "I’ve Got a Bit of a Blighty One".
Teresa Jennings stars as Vesta Tilley, in a production directed by Garry Phillpott with designs by Kathy Boat, costumes by Sianne Shepherd and musical arrangements by David Hately.