The Custard Boys
10 April - 12 May 2012
Based on the novel by John Rae
Adapted and directed by the Bafta-winning Glenn Chandler, creator of Taggart
A play about love, war and grown-up stuff.
Five London schoolboys are evacuated to a Norfolk seaside village, far from Hitler’s bombs. They want to fight for England but are too young to join up and too old to wait. They join the school army cadet force and learn to fire rifles, they form a gang and play at being soldiers. But it is not real war.
‘Chandler’s brilliant observation of boys’ behaviour… Like a darker, more grown up version of Just William… This production could easily work on a much bigger stage in the West End…’
‘An excellent evening with performances to match…the pace zipped along throughout.’
‘Comparisons between Lord of the flies are inevitable. What makes The Custard Boys even more shocking is that it occurs in a civilised society’
‘The talented young ensemble excels… the cast scamper around Cecilia Carey’s boys own adventure set with terrific invention.’
– The London Magazine
‘Strong character performances… Chandler’s easy direction allows the ensemble to switch effortlessly between realism and fantasy to maintain pace and interest throughout.’
– The Stage
‘Excellent… projects the theme that war is war, something bloody and terrible, that in real life it isn’t a glorious game.’
– British Theatre Guide
‘A strong story about the wastefulness of war. An entertaining thought-provoking evening.’