It’s 1942, 17th December to be precise and the evening of the school nativity in Adderbury. But the evening’s performance is threatened by the sounding of the village air raid siren. The locals pile into the local community air raid shelter to escape the threat of bombings, among them are evacuees Jimmy Williams and Beth Lawson, home guard Stanley Jameson and heart-throb GI Frank George. Through well-known songs of the era, the community spend their time sharing their challenges, excitements and heat-aches ofwartime Christmas, whilst keeping morale high. So distraught by the cancellation of the nativity, they help come up with an idea to cheer Jimmy up….
On Saturday 17th December, Voices Across Time’s second production, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ was staged at the Adderbury Village Institute to sell out crowds, raising an incredible amount of money for the Katharine House Hospice and SeeSaw Charity.
Set in Adderbury in 1942, the play (that was written by the cast’s own Joseph Cummings and Florence Taylor) told the story of Christmas in Adderbury in World War 2 based on actual historic events in the village. The play interweaved classic songs from the period to tell the story about 10 year old evacuee Jimmy (played by Jacob Robinson) desperate to perform the Christmas nativity whilst GI Frank George waits for his leave to come through so he can be home for Christmas.
With a full 7-piece band in the balcony (with all music being arranged by musical director Joseph Cummings), a professional lighting and sound rig, a cast made up of solely local actors and musicians and even a soundtrack of the show produced and available to purchase on the night, this really was an exceptional event.
Voices Across Time were thrilled to donate The Katharine House Hospice and See-Saw Charity £500 each from this event!