Duckegg Theatre Company Tells the untold tale of a lost generation

Duckegg Theatre Company Tells the untold tale of a lost generation

Duckegg Theatre Company’s brand new family musical, Leave Hitler To Me, Lad is appearing at The Atkinson on Tuesday 11 February at 1pm as a special schools performance.

Written by the award-winning playwright Haley Cox and LA composer Ben Pringle (previous credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and designed by the critically acclaimed Barney George.

Based on a true story, Leave Hitler To Me, Lad tells the untold tale of a lost generation of children in the aftermath of World War II.

Brian’s Dad is a war hero and he’s coming home any day!  He’s been coming home for 7 years…

It’s 1952 and the country is rebuilding itself.  King George is dead and Rock ‘n’ Roll is here to stay.  Brian builds his own little family at the school with his rabbit Pandy, friends Gladys, an orphan, George, who doesn’t know where his parents are either and Mr Bill his Welfare Officer.  Then there is Miss Bates, the Headmistress of Great Stony who rules the school with an iron fist.

The children look forward to Sports Day – a day off Bates’ rules and sanctions.  However, heads turn when a glamorous teenager appears to unravel the past and reveal a shocking secret that will turn Brian’s world upside down, forever.

The production, written by Haley Cox, is based on the real experiences of her father and his school friends during their time at Great Stony residential school during and after World War II.  “We didn’t all go back home on trains to London.  We didn’t even know what our parents looked like.”

The show is only on tour for a month beginning on 6February at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff.  During its premiere run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the piece was named “…the most sensitive and well-written family show at the festival” by Broadway Baby.

The show began its life as a result of a Research and Development week supported by Arts Council England.  The cast mixes four professional actors (including Spotlight Prize nominee James Mountain and Kivan Dene of Emmerdale fame) with six of the company’s youth theatre members.  Sean Green of the Bill Kenwright Company leads musical direction of this ambitious show.

If you would like to bring your school to see Leave Hitler To Me, Lad please contact the Atkinson’s box office on 01704 533333. Tickets are £6. For further information on the musical adaptation please visit You can also purchase your tickets over the counter during The Atkinson’s opening hours.

*Please be advised there is a £2 booking fee for booking over the phone and online bookings (applies to bookings made after Jan 31).


Leave Hitler to Me, Lad

Tuesday 11 February


Tickets: £6


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit the Southport Tourist Information Centre (located on Lord Street, Southport).

For tickets: visit the website* or call box office on 01704 533333*

Posted on 29 January 2014 under General news

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