Don’t panic, but 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Home Guard, when men were asked to join up in the expectation of an imminent German invasion. It was soon nicknamed ‘Dad’s Army’ owing to the relatively advanced age of its 1.5 million members.
To mark this significant event, Gislingham Variety Club will be performing the stage show, which is based on three of Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s hilarious scripts from the popular TV series Dad’s Army.
In The Deadly Attachment the platoon has to guard a capture U-Boat crew. But fearless Captain Mainwaring incurs displeasure when he orders the defiant prisoners be served soggy fish and chips!
Mum’s Army sees the Home Guard recruiting women but as Mrs Mainwaring “hasn’t left the house since Munich”, she won’t be joining her husband’s platoon. So when newcomer Mrs Grey enlists Captain Mainwaring is set for a brief encounter.
In The Godiva Affair the platoon are rehearsing their Morris Dancing routine as part of a fund-raising carnival parade which will include a ride past by Lady Godiva.
All the well-loved characters are here including ‘stupid boy’ Pike, ‘Don’t panic’ Jones, ‘We’re all doomed’ Frazer, ‘May I be excused, Sir?’ Godfrey and all under the command of the redoubtable Captain Mainwaring and his effacing deputy Sergeant Wilson.
Performance nights are Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th March. Tickets are on sale at £8 for adults and £6 for children under 16 from Peter Lucas on 01379 788411. Book early to avoid disappointment.