Lilies on the Land
From: Tuesday, 8th June 2010
To: Saturday, 17 July 2010
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Inspired by and devised from over 130 wonderful letters received from Land Girls, Lilies on the Land celebrates the remarkable experiences of women who signed up for the Land Army during World War II. Overalls full of mice, toilet rolls from the sky, swede bashing and five inch baths, Lilies on the Land recounts the hardships and joys of this unique time for England's women, through energetic narrative and much loved songs of the time.
Michael Coveney - 11 June 2010
Cheeky, chirpy and informative, Lilies on the Land sketches the story of the Women’s Land Army during the second world war using hundreds of letters and special interviews conducted by the actors of the Lions part company and their director, Sonia Ritter.
The memories and anecdotes are arranged within the framing incident of Churchill’s death in 1965, rather oddly heralded with a jaunty, jerky Georgie Fame song on the radio.
The four female performers then discard their outer clothing and are revealed in their WLA apparel of beige breeches, green jumpers and boots: faces and arms tanned, hair flowing in the breeze, metaphorically wielding pitchforks.
. This poster image of healthy outdoor Amazons digging for victory in the fields and farms of England is then systematically and entertainingly dismantled with tales of hardship, early morning milking duties, outdoor lavatories and unwanted attention from Italian soldiers and boorish farmhands....
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