"Let us be sweethearts … you in your tattered gypsy dress, and I in that old blazer.”
Dot French, a student at Aberystwyth meets Billy Burditt when he arrives with the Royal Cheshire Regiment to train for the Western Front in 1915. Friendship leads to exchanges of letters when Billy is sent to France. The letters are full of vivid detail about their thoughts, experiences, and hopes. Friendship gradually becomes something stronger, and they have to learn how to love at a distance in dangerous and uncertain times. Did their love survive the War?
This performance of selections from the letters of Dot and Billy takes you with them on their journey. The vivid language in the letters brings to life two individuals caught up in a world not of their making, trying to live normally in abnormal times. They range from the details of everyday life, through charged accounts of the effects of War. Anyone with an interest in the history of human experience in war time, in what it was like to love in turbulent times, will engage with this performance.
An original play based on the letters of Dot French and Billy Burditt; written by Richard Hogger and Tom O’Malley.
Part of the Aberystwyth at War: Experience, Impact, Legacy 1914-1919 project.