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For the trumpets shall sound

by Alan Kenny
Issue No. 2393

This short and sweet play is about two First World War soldiers who have a gay relationship.

The war in its own way facilitates the relationship, by removing them from the pressures, expectations and scrutiny at home.

That they are officers from public schools makes you wonder if this would have been possible for ordinary soldiers. But even they fear court martial, and plan for a future when they can be seen as happily married men.

This reminds us how much has changed in the last 100 years. But a lingering kiss between the two men—still a relative rarity on stage or screen—shows how far there is to go in the fight for LGBT liberation.

The Vaults, Waterloo, London, until Saturday 8 March

 


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