By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
A Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre production
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. The Wipers Times is coming to Newcastle direct from a record breaking West End season.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced 'Wipers' by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.
Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
★★★★ “Laugh a minute”
Mail on Sunday
★★★★ “Remarkable forerunner to Private Eye”
★★★★★ “A quite magnificent stage play”
★★★★★ “Wonderfully theatrical”
“Even in war, blessed are the piss-takers”
Running time: 2 hours 10 mins (including interval)
Recommended Age: 12+
Post-show discussion: Thu 5 Oct
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