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A comedy by Gérald Sibleyras
Directed by Murrray Andrews
Translated by Tom Stoppard
They survived the war but can they survive the care home?
This poignant comedy which won the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in a production that starred Richard Griffith, John Hurt and Ken Stott, is now revived by theatre veterans of comedy: DUCKbrothers, whose collective stage experiences span more than 150 years.
It is 1959. Three French veterans of WW1 Gustav, Philippe and Henri live in a home for old soldiers and pass their time grumbling about the staff, dreaming about young women and arguing over whether a statue of a dog is alive. They decide to escape and run away to Indo China or at least as far as the poplar trees on the hill. Hampered only by how they are going to move the 200lb statue of the dog that one of them wishes to bring with them, they plan their escape with military precision.