Producer’s Blog….. East Kirkby

Who knew how fascinating this would be?  After all the research, the books I’ve read, the films and documentaries I’ve watched, the programmes listened to, the museums visited…. Who knew what an extraordinary difference actually climbing inside a Lancaster Bomber could make? Suddenly everything falls into place.  Geographically I get it.  I see how it…

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Writing the Script

My first meeting with Bob Baldwin came about through Rik Mayall. I was working with Rik as ghost writer of his “sort-of-memoir”: Bigger Than Hitler Better than Christ – a dream job. Bob was a close friend of Rik’s and had written and directed lots of television with him. Bob and I became friends and…

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One night in a Lancaster Bomber

I have written a play with Max Kinnings called Wireless Operator which has its premier in at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. My father Sergeant Joe Baldwin, a joiner by trade and a pacifist by instinct, was a Wireless Operator in 630 Lancaster Squadron based at East Kirkby. Like others my dad rarely talked about…

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Shakespeare’s take on PTSD

400 years ago, Shakespeare’s Lady Percy describes her husband’s battle induced post-traumatic stress disorder. Original text followed by a modern translation. Henry IV Part 1 Act 2 Scene 3 “O my good lord, why are you thus alone? For what offense have I this fortnight been A banished woman from my Harry’s bed? Tell me,…

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