Out of the Sun
long, hot summer of 1940. On an airfield somewhere in southern England
four young Spitfire pilots sit on the parched grass outside their
Dispersal Hut waiting for the ring of the field telephone that will
'scramble' them into the skies - and combat.
'Desperate Dan' Anderson, Edward 'Weaver' Whyte, Jonathan 'Joker'
James - all of them 'veterans' by the age of 21 - and Pilot Officer
Young, a fresh-faced 'sprog', new on Squadron that morning. How
will they fare between dawn and dusk? How will they fill the quiet
moments between the battles up in thin air?
Today, growing old may seem a simple fact of life, but in the summer
of 1940 it was a privilege that had to be earned... Out of the
Sun was written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of
the Battle of Britain and is drawn from real life experiences. (Cast
most factual Battle of Britain play I have ever read....”
Nick Berryman, ex-fighter pilot and chairman, Tangmere Military
...has done his research, interviewing a number of Battle of Britain
veterans, and his play, very much a ‘Journey’s End’
for The Second World War, hits an impressively authentic note.”
The Stage & Television Today
in no way sentimentalises War. As the play progresses each character
relates a disturbing incident which has affected him profoundly.
In these grim and often gruesome monologues the authenticity of
the source material is powerfully revealed.”
well written piece with clearly defined characters and authentic
40s dialogue. Roger Stennett succeeds in sustaining the dramatic
temperature with constant shifts of mood and tone. A convincing
and moving piece of work.”
Vaines, Head of Script Dept., Enigma Films