My Boy Jack | 17th – 22nd February 2014

My Boy Jack - February 2014

By David Haig.

Directed by Caryl Rapps.

“Don’t tell me he was lucky! He wasn’t lucky, or…or brave, or happy! Jack was eighteen years and six weeks old! He died in the rain, he couldn’t see a thing, he was alone! You can’t persuade me that there’s any glory in that!”

So says Carrie Kipling, Rudyard Kipling’s wife and mother of Jack (John) Kipling. My Boy Jack is a true story and tells of a nation at war offering an intimate portrait of one family’s complex and divided experiences in it.

The cast and Director: My Boy Jack - cast (More production, rehearsal and backstage photos below).

Rudyard Kipling               Hugh Leadon
John ‘Jack’ Kipling           Matthew Sanderson
Carrie Kipling                    Samantha Elgar
Elsie Kipling                       Laura Gamble
Guardsman Bowe             John Randoll
Guardsman Doyle             Robert Hall
Guardsman McHugh       Simon Church
Colonel Pottle                    Tony Rapps
Mr Frankland                    Ian Evans
Major Sparks                     Bernard Harriss

Director                              Caryl Rapps
Stage Director                   John Heather
Set Designer                      Tony Jenner
Lighting Designer             Jon Lewis
Sound Designer                Andrew Herbert
Set construction/decor   Adrian Pope, Andrew Heather, Alice London, T62 crew
Technical support            Ian James and T62 crew
Technical Operator          James Quinn
Stage Manager                  Stuart Scott
Asst Stage Manager         Alice London
Props                                  Lynne Craig
Wardrobe                          Eve Stone and members of T62
Make-up & hair                Penny Vetterlein, Jean Golder
Prompt                               Jessica Kellow

House Manager                 John Heather
Refreshments                    Audrey Knighton
Raffle                                  Lynne Craig
Box Office                          Margaret Uzzell
Programme design           Graham Copeland
Programme Editor           John Guttridge

My Boy Jack - castBackstage crew

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More photos below

The author Rudyard Kipling, famous for the Jungle Book, uses his considerable influence, being on a War Office propaganda think tank, to get his nearly 18 year old son Jack admitted for military service during the First World War.

Jack is only 16 years old at the beginning of the play and extremely short-sighted. Despite appearing eager to join the war effort he is repeatedly refused on account of his bad eyesight. However he is eventually enrolled in the Irish Guards, his father’s patriotic dream but his mother and sister’s nightmare.

This play by David Haig takes place before, during and after the First World War, between 1913 and 1933.  It is set at Batemans in Sussex – the home of the Kipling family – but there are also scenes in the trenches of the Western Front.

It is a powerful play showing the futility of war and how a family back at home react to their son going to war. The trench scenes are particularly poignant as are the scenes following Jack’s disappearance.

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