About the Show

‘King & Country’

The Show

The music drama tells the story of the tragic involvement of one family and their community in the war. It is based on a powerful 1923 play by Allan Monkhouse -‘The Conquering Hero’. Three scenes are written in such a way that they would work with a large community chorus.

The piece is not celebratory or partisan; whilst it presents the actuality of war, its tone is summed up in the final number ‘Only War will win’.

It uses authentic historical material, and for the production in Brighton it drew on documentation and research of the Royal Sussex Regiment, using actual letters from these soldiers which were written from the trenches. However, a future production could use appropriate local examples.

‘King & Country’ also features WW1 poems set as songs including those by Roland Leighton and Edward Thomas.

Productions to date

‘King & Country’ was premiered to great acclaim at the Brighton Festival Fringe in May 2014 with a professional cast directed by David Kettle as part of the WW1 Centenary Commemorations.

Resources Required : 6 Principals Plus Mixed Chorus. Piano score – adaptable instrumentation as required

A Full DVD of the Show is available