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DEAR CHOCOLATE SOLDIER
A docudrama based on the letters of
Bombardier Edwin Hassall 1916-1918
by Kate Glover
June 1916. A 6 year old girl, Joan
Burbridge, watches as her father wraps up a packet of chocolate for the brave
soldiers at the front. A
thought strikes her: 'How will the
soldier know the chocolate is from me?'
Her father obligingly writes on the packet: ‘From Little Joan, Whiterock,
weeks letter, a green field envelope arrives, addressed to Little Joan. Inside was a letter, the first of
many, from Bombardier Edwin
Hassall, Royal Artillery, still in the midst of the fighting at the
story of the letters from ‘The Chocolate Soldier’ to Little Joan and her father,
Dates and Venues TBC
Earlier Historia Productions include:
Fire & Phoenix (2016), the Great Fire of London.
Magna Carta (2015), the dramatic story of the struggle between King John and his rebel barons.
Queen Anne (2014), a play about the life and troubled reign of the last Stuart monarch. Pictures
The Sound of Breaking Glass (2012-13), a play by Sally Sheringham, covering the life and conflicts of a family from 1908 to 1921 through the Suffragette movement and the First World War.
Judenfrei (2010-11), a touching play about the sufferings of two Jewish lawyers and their families in 1938 Berlin.
An African's Blood (Tour, 2007-8), chronicling the epic journey through Parliament of Wilberforce's law to end the slave trade, and touching on some chilling contemporary parallels.
Five Eleven (Tour, 2005), a play about the gunpowder plot of November 1605.
Evelina(2004),an adaptation from the novel by Fanny Burney.
A Passionate Englishman (1997 and 2000), based on the life of William Penn and set in the form of a dialogue between Penn and Samuel Pepys.
Updated 16 January 2017