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The Old Lady Shows Her Medals
Lunchtime Theatre
By J.M. Barrie, 1917
Directed by Todd Hammond

From the program:

The play takes place in the basement flat of Mrs Dowey, a Scottish charwoman who lives and works in London. It is during World War I, and Mrs Dowey and her guests - three other charwomen whom she has invited for tea - are discussing the tactics of trench warfare with the confidence of people who have never been near the Front.

Now best known as the creator of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) was one of the most successful novelists and playwrights of his generation. A gifted storyteller, he had a particular skill for touching the heart with representations of genuine human feeling, often verging on sentimentality but seldom crossing that line. In addition to his many full-length plays, Barrie was a master of the one-act form, in such plays as The Twelve-Pound Look (1910), A Well-Remembered Voice (1918) and Shall We Join the Ladies (1921). The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, first performed in 1917, is considered one of the finest examples of the one-act genre.

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