The P.O.W. and the Girl
The POW and the Girl is a new dramatic play set in London in the 1980s, but the story has its deep roots in the Japanese Changi Prison in World War II.
Based in part on a true story, Katrina (Herbert) Wood writes of her relationship with her father, British character actor Percy Herbert, who was imprisoned as a POW in Changi (known as the 'Death Camp' for the thousands of soldiers whose lives were lost building the railway ) While there, Herbert was assigned with many British, Australian and US soldiers to build the bridge on the River Kwai and the notorious Burma Railway.
Ironically, after the war one of his first roles in Percy Herbert's extensive acting career was in the Oscar-winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai.)
This photo is of my father Percy Herbert playing Grogan in the movie "Bridge on the River Kwai"
In The POW and the Girl, Wood tells of a grandfather, the POW, who survived the notorious prison and is now living with his granddaughter, the Girl, a vivacious and sensitive college student in northern London. It’s the 1980s, a time of fast-moving change in Britain! Video games and punk rock have revolutionized pop culture. Women have made their way into the work force in great numbers, notably strong-willed Margaret Thatcher, who has taken the helm of the United Kingdom. Despite the change of modernization in the ’80s, mental health treatment remains in its adolescence. Haunted by memories of the war, the POW exhibits classic symptoms of PTSD. Grappling with demons, plus the responsibility of supporting his granddaughter, the POW remains embittered. Conflict and stakes and the will to survive are high!
The world premiere of "The POW and the Girl" is at Sherry Theater in North Hollywood. A memorable play full of shock! surprise, heart and humor! One which will leave the audience goer with greater insight, warmth upset , humor and enlightenment, not to mention appreciation for amazing music from both WWII and the Punk rock era of London in the 1980s!
Don’t miss this show! Short, limited run. Discounted tickets at various outlets!
Katrina Wood is the playwright. Her previous writing credits include three musicals: A Christmas Carol, produced at the Lincoln Theatre Royal in the U.K.; and in Los Angeles, a revised version entitled Bob Cratchit and Mister Tightawd; and Spindle City: The Lizzie Borden Musical, nominated for several Valley Theatre Awards in 2016 including Outstanding Musical. She also produced Farm Boy, a Los Angeles Times Critic's Pick and the sequel to War Horse. She has worked in theatre and television most of her life, including a stint with the English National Opera. Raised in London, she is the daughter of the late prominent English character actor Percy Herbert (The Bridge on the River Kwai, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Guns of Navarone, Becket) who was a Japanese Prisoner of War during World War II. Ms. Wood is also a clinical psychologist, and has written on the subject of domestic emotional stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder that may exist undetected in average families.
Trace Oakley is the director. He has over fifty directing credits including Pearly Gates, Crimes of the Heart, Standing on My Knees, Bob Cratchit and Mister Tightwad, Spindle City: The Lizzie Borden Musical, RuddiGORE (his adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan) and Carrie That Tune: Hit Songs from Flop Musicals, which he conceived and wrote. Oakley's cast for The P.O.W. and the Girl includes Adrian Burks, Samantha Mallory, Chas Mitchell, Claudia Wit and Dylan Wittrock.
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