Desperate Glory


On Monday 21st March The Globe Players visited Kingsbury High School with their First World War production of Desperate Glory.

This year is one hundred years since the Battle of Verdun and the Battle of the Somme. Desperate Glory marks this centenary with a lively and moving show which combines the prose and poems of the writers who fought in the First World War with many of the music hall songs of the time, and brings to life the experience of some of the men and women whose lives were devastated by the first industrialised war. The patriotism, disillusionment, satire and sheer horror expressed in the writings of the soldier-poets are set against a background of the changing attitudes of those at home.

The play was performed to some 300 Year 8 students throughout the day. Associate Head of the English Faculty, Ms Bali, said “Desperate Glory was an extremely moving, richly entertaining, and, above all, thought-provoking show about World War One. It was an excellent introduction to the Year 8 unit: War Poetry.”