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Lilies on the Land

Sorry, the 2012 tour of LILIES has now finished!

If you are an amateur drama group who would like to mount a production of LILIES ON THE LAND, please contact:
Tamara von Werthern
Performing Rights Manager
tamara@nickhernbooks.co.uk
Nick Hern Books
The Glasshouse, 49a Goldhawk Road
London W12 8QP
www.nickhernbooks.co.uk
Tel. 020 8749 4953

2012 Tour Dates

Basingstoke Haymarket Theatre

Wed 18 - Sat 21 April www.anvilarts.org.uk

Theatre Royal, York

Tue 24 - Sat 28 April www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil

Mon 30 April - Tues 1 May www.octagon-theatre.co.uk

Ark Theatre, Borehamwood

Fri 4 - Sat 5 May www.thearktheatre.co.uk

Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon

Tue 15 - Sat 19 May www.fairfield.co.uk

Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough

Tue 22 May www.trinityarts.co.uk

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Thur 24 May - Sat 26 May www.theatresevern.co.uk

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Tue 29 May - Sat 2 June www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk

Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

Wed 6 - Sat 9 June www.hulltruck.co.uk

Customs House, South Shields

Tue 12 - Wed 13 June www.customshouse.co.uk

Corn Exchange, Newbury

Thurs 14 - Sat 16 June www.cornexchangenew.com

Farnham Maltings, Farnham

Mon 18 - Tue 19 June www.farnhammaltings.com

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Thurs 21 - Sat 23 June www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

This spring,we are again joining forces with Fresh Glory Productions to take LILIES ON THE LAND on a UK tour.

For more information, visit: lilies on the land

www.freshglory.com

**** ‘THE BRITISH AT THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST. THIS WONDERFUL SHOW... IS BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED’
The Daily Telegraph

‘ ‘THIS LIVELY PLAY COLOURFULLY REVEALS THE REALITIES OF DIGGING FOR VICTORY’ ’
The Times

‘‘FUN, FUNNY, ENJOYABLE AND THOUGHT-PRO VOKING. A JOYFUL ADVENTURE OF SELF-DISCOVERY’ ’
The Londonist

‘‘A GLORIOUS PIECE OF THEATRE...LACED WITH HUMOUR, WARMTH AND LOVE’’
remotegoat.co.uk

The Lilies Cast

View production photos

About the Women's Land Army

Pauline as a land girl We received 140 letters from former Land Girls in response to an article about the project in Saga Magazine. Many of these extraordinary letters contained photographs, which you can see here. View original WWII photos.

Pauline nowWe also took plenty of photos while Lilies was being devised, both in our meetings with Land Girls, and in the studio. View photos of Lilies in development.

The headshots above show Pauline Whelch, in her Land Army days, and at one of our meetings.

Spring Tour 2011

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Darlington Arts Centre

Key Theatre, Peterborough

The Theatre, Chipping Norton

Theatre Royal, Windsor

Exeter Northcott Theatre

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Margate Theatre Royal

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Arts Theatre, Cambridge

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Lilies on the Land is a truly remarkable and sparkling piece of theatre which celebrates an extraordinary episode in Britain's history - the Women's Land Army of World War II.

These gripping but charming tales, chart the personal journeys of four women who sign up to become Land Girls, determined to work endless, backbreaking hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their best for the war effort.

But how will these women, hailing from all different walks of life, torn from their families and bereft of all basic home comforts, deal not only with the hardships of farming life and the pressures of war, but also with being outsiders in new surroundings? Maybe work clothes full of mice and toilet rolls falling from the skies are just what it takes for these girls to get along…

Based on hundreds of letters from and interviews with the original Land Girls, Lilies on the Land is a revealing, funny, wonderfully moving and utterly captivating portrait of some of Britain's pluckiest, unsung heroes. Simply unmissable, this is theatre at its most memorable.

Lilies on the land

Powerfully truthful, absolutely accessible, rich in emotion, and glowing with laughter...
- Peter Cheeseman CBE, former Artistic Director New Vic Theatre, Stoke

Magnificent and very moving - a lovely mixture of poignancy and humour.
- Joan Clifford (WLA 0101337)

...by turns funny, moving and tragic - always a compelling insight into what it was really like to be 'on the land'
- Eastbourne Today

A performance we simply didn't want to end - The Sussex Herald

Lilies on the Land is a unique theatrical tribute to the women of the 'Forgotten Army'. For two years the production toured to the heart of local communities where it was received with passion and enthusiasm by audiences of all ages. On tour it captured the hearts of audiences nationwide and played to 96% capacity audiences, was extended and managed to earn its keep without subsidy.

The original land girls in a promo shot, with sheaves of corn The cast of Lilies on the Land in the same location, with sheaves of corn

Our grateful thanks to the following former Land Girls and their relatives: we have been overwhelmed by their generosity in sharing with us their memories, photos, songs, poems, and even their treasured uniforms!


Dorothy Abbott, Stuart Antrobus, Audrey M Baker, D U Ball, Norah Barnsley, Sylvia Barton, Yvonne Bazeley, Phyllis Benham, Johanna Benn, Mary Bentley, Marguerite Bettles, Charles C Bogart, Betty Bowler, Emily Braidwood, Ruby Brass, Ruth Bridge, Sheila Brooks, Daphne M Byrne, Olive Cameron-Black, Marita Carr, Brenda Chapman, Joan Clifford, Wynne Conway, Violet Cowley, Cecilia Marie Cox, R W Cundale, Joan Davies, Kathleen Devereux Craven, Eve Diet, F I Eakins, Marion Eyre, Brenda Flint, Vera-Jaye Footer, R Franklin, Lynette French, Mrs Gillman, Pauline M Godfrey, Ivy Goodall, J V Greenhowe, Winifred Griffiths, Marjorie Hall, Kathleen Harriss, Marjorie Harvey, D F Hawkes, Joan Heatley, Doreen Holliday, Mary Holmes, M G Holmes, Nesta Hoyle, Doris Jerrison, N Johnson, Frank Jolliffe, Shirley Joyner, K S Kenrick, M E Kilner, Olga King, Mary Knight, Pam Lampard, Evelyn Lavin, Lily Limbert, Elizabeth Lowe, Kate Lowe, Norah M Walls, Betty Marsh, Eileen Mayson, Pamela McDowell, Kathleen McKinnon, Mary McLelland, Ann Mehose, Kathleen Meredith, Margaret Middleton, Joan Molesworth, Nora Mollon, Jane Neave, Dorothy Nelson, Peg Newman Francis, Joan Norman, Gwen Norman, Ennis Nosko-Smith, Dorothy O'Connell, Nona Pallett, Brenda Parfitt, Jean Patterson, M Paulley, Yvonne Pearce, D M Peskett, Clare Pierson, Thora E Pitman, Dorothy W Platts, Margie Prest, Jean Prior, Gwen Rae, Doris 'Billie' Reeg, Sylvia Richards, Pamela Ruffoni, Phyllis Sharp, Mary Smith, Edna Smy, Betty Spridgeon, J Steel, Mary Stokes, Barbara Stone, June Stonebridge, Jeanette Street, M Swaffer, Ruth M Swift, Terri Taylor, Jane Thomas, Joyce M Tilley, Norah Turner, Jean Wagner, Grace Wallace, Margaret Watford, Kathleen Watson, Joyce Watson, Ruth Weaver, Jackie Webb, Daphne Webster, Margaret Wegg, Margaret West, N E Wheeler, Pauline Whelch, Peggy White, B I Wilkinson, Edna Williams, Audrey Witney, P A Woolley, and those who wrote to us without giving their name.