For Services Rendered

by W Somerset Maugham

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As part of the the ongoing commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, we present this powerful work from 1932, which explores the way in which, over ten years later, the Great War continues to blight the lives of those who lived through it.

The Ardsleys live an apparently comfortable existence in a quiet English town. Head of the household Leonard sees no reason to question the old certainties, but his children and their circle are still paying the price of war. Son Sydney served heroically but lost his sight and is now an embittered invalid with little to do but torment his emotionally fragile sister Eva, whose fiancé was killed in the conflict. Another sister, Ethel, is trapped in an ill-advised war-time marriage to a struggling tenant farmer. Youngest sister Lois leads an aimless existence as one of the "surplus" women caused by the huge loss of life amongst the men of her generation. And family friend Collie has been discharged from the Navy but is proving hopelessly incompetent in civilian life. Only brash nouveau riche summer visitors Wilfred and Gwen Cedar seem immune. Over the course of a few days in late summer tragic events unfold that shatter the fragile calm

W Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) is best known for his short stories and novels, but he was also a prolific playwright. In "For Services Rendered" he takes the conventions of the drawing room comedy and twists them to produce a savage critique of a country that has failed to deliver its promise of a land fit for heroes. When first performed in 1932 its "anti-war" message proved unpopular, but revivals since the 1990s have demonstrated the play's prescience and relevance.

at the Welsh Church Hall
881 High Road Leytonstone
E11 1HR

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In advance £8 (£5 concessions)
On the door £9 (£6 concessions)
Special rate for parties*

Fri 20th October 2017, 8pm
Sat 21st October 2017, 2.30pm and 8pm

Fri 27th October 2017, 8pm
Sat 28th October 2017, 2.30pm and 8pm

*Buy nine tickets, get a tenth full price ticket free. Only available with online bookings. Pay for the full number of tickets online: we will reimburse you the cost of your free ticket(s) at the door

Leonard Ardsley
Charlotte Ardsley
Charles Prentice
Sydney Ardsley
Eva Ardsley
Ethel Bartlett
Lois Ardsley
Howard Bartlett
Collie Stratton
Wilfred Cedar
Gwen Cedar
Director Gill Taylor
Stage Manager
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Open audition information will be published very soon.

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