'WWI Cracker Comedy' being staged at the New Wimbledon Theatre in November
From left to right: Emily Littman, Finley Pile, Alfie Noble, Joseph Aylward and Mia Rose Finnigan
October 24, 2022
The world premiere production of Graham Warrener’s brand-new play Don’t Shoot The Meistersinger, billed as a “WWI Comedy Cracker”, comes to the stage for the first time at the Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre this November.
The trenches of Northern Europe are the location for this brand-new comedy which is situated within the extraordinary Christmas Truce of 1914. Don’t Shoot The Meistersinger goes beyond the legendary football match to show the impact of war on both sides.
The production also serves as Profugo Art’s first full-length production. Profugo was first founded to give a platform for creatives, at whatever level of their career, to hone their theatre skills and develop new work.
The ensemble cast is, as follows; Alfie Noble (Loafers The Drayton Arms Theatre), Emily Littman (Trying To Create A Play The Will Change The World Theatre Deli), Finley Pile (For Boys short film, The Spot short film & Musician in band Princes To Kings), Duru Agirbas (currently training at UAL, Intern at Dot Arts and Theatre), Joseph Aylward (The Play With Speeches The Hen and Chickens Theatre, The Tragical Performance and Retelling of Doctor Faustus Original Case Theatre), Mia Rose Finnigan (Company Actor at Chichester Festival Theatre & Development Director for Profugo Arts) and Andreas Constantinou.
This brand-new comedy as part of the New Wimbledon Theatre’s Premieres Season. Creative Director Graham Hill and Development Director Mia Rose Finnigan said, “Not only does this give us a chance to present engaging New Writing, but we’re also incredibly excited that this play will be performed by such a talented group of creative young people. As part of our commitment to diversity and opportunity, we are privileged to be able to share the talents of a performer who, due to physical disability, would not normally be able to perform on stage.”
Writer Graham Warrener’s whose previous plays include Cissie & Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy, is joined by Director Jake Sleet to bring this new piece to the stage. Warrener said: “I’m thrilled that the New Wimbledon Theatre Premieres Season has shown such faith in this project from the start. I
hope that the audience enjoy this comedic look behind what is rightly regarded as one of the most notable events in the history of friendship. I’m also honoured that director Jake Sleet has chosen to take a chance on the show and use his extraordinary creativity to bring this to life.”
Don’t Shoot The Meistersinger opens on Thursday 3 November and runs until Saturday 12 November for 11 performances only.
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