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The Western Front, Christmas 1914: lights appear from the German trenches, ghosts rise behind the horizon, soldiers meet between the firing lines. The events which follow are the most astounding stories of the Great War told through the eyes of one soldier, Private James Boyce: 'We're fighting the same enemy, just on two different sides.' Boyce takes us on a magical, haunting journey through the events surrounding the Christmas truce. Our Friends, The Enemy is a debut solo show combining theatre and spoken word to tell the story of the Christmas truce from the First World War. " Alex Gwyther] deserves more than a pat on the back - he deserves, and he is getting, an audience... A timely and simply presented reminder of a sacrifice which should never have been made." - FringeReview "An even-toned and inventive take on the material." - British Theatre Guide "The writing by Alex Gwyther, who also performs, is excellent... The balancing of details and scene setting is just right. The poetry and rhythm of the text gently transport the audience into this world." - Public Reviews
About the Author
Alex Gwyther is a published writer and spoken word artist. His poetical prose weaves down-to-earth tales of life in Britain to the poignant re-telling of the 1914 Christmas Truce during the First World War. Gwyther's unique delivery and "tumbling urbane style" has seen him perform across the country at venues, festivals and events such as Oxford University, the Royal Festival Hall, Latitude Festival and The Mayor of London's Week of Peace in Trafalgar Square. He has been specially commissioned to write for a number of organizations, businesses and charities including: BBC Radio 1, Mastercard, Transitions Global, The Southbank Centre and The Book People. His first solo theatre play, Our Friends, The Enemy was selected as part of New Wimbledon Theatre's Fresh Ideas season and saw a sell out run in early 2013. Following this, it will be doing a full run in the Space @ Surgeon's Hall at this year's Edinburgh Festival.