English gentleman author Rudyard Kipling, famous for the Jungle Book, uses his considerable influence, being on a War Office propaganda think tank, to get his nearly 18 year-old son John 'Jack', admitted for military service during World war I after he is repeatedly refused on account of his bad eyesight. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards: their patriotic dream but mother and sister's nightmare. After a short officer training course Jack gets command of a platoon and embarks in France. Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers terrible losses and Jack is reported missing. Now mother Caroline 'Carry' Kipling proves unstoppable pushing Rudyard's influence and half of England to help find out the truth. When it finally comes, there is far less glory than gore and guilt. Written by
KGF Vissers (edited P Vanderl)
A young man fights for his country.
Did You Know?
David Haig's original play had a successful run at the Hampstead Theatre, London, opening on October 13 1997, with Haig as Kipling and Belinda Lang as Carrie. The pair revived the production in 2004 for a nationwide tour. See more
Rudyard Kipling was a great flag waver (read his poem: 'The English Flag') yet in the scene where he announces the outbreak of WW1, the Great War, we see the Union Flag, on the podium in front of him, upside down, while all the others are correct. See more
[the last of Jack's soldiers are about to go over the trench and take the enemy base
I am not fucking going anywhere!
You are, we all are!
You're a murderer! You're a fucking murderer!
I'm not a murderer McHugh, I'm obeying orders.
Happy Birthday to You
by Patty S. Hill
(as Patti Hill Smith) & Mildred J. Hill
(as Mildred Hill)
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