Theatre entertainment and the Great War

Entertainers of all description, both amateur and professional, played an important part in keeping up morale at home, in the trenches and the POW camps. It was more than an antidote to the vagaries of war. The theatre also raised a phenomenal amount of money for charity.

Dr Larry Collins MBE served as a soldier, teacher and professional actor. Acted in fringe and repertory theatre, and TV before starting to write. He recently submitted a one-act radio play to be performed on Channel 4. His book Theatre at War deals with theatre at home and abroad.