The Muddy Choir: Touring Theatre

5 September 2018 | Bethany Reynard

It is November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody conclusion. Young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland home.

United by their childhood oath “nee killing, anly singing”, Robbie dreams their music will be a ticket away from the front, but attracting the attention of their commanding officers may prove more dangerous than bullets and gas.

The Muddy Choir tells the story of three soldiers serving with the Durham Light Infantry. Including traditional wartime songs, the play is about childhood friends growing up in unbearable circumstances and the humanising power of music.

In 2014, to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Theatre Centre first toured The Muddy Choir to critical acclaim. Commissioned and produced by the company, it was nominated for The Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards. In 2018 Theatre Centre will tour The Muddy Choir once more to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

The Muddy Choir will be touring schools and venues throughout September – November 2018.
If you’re interested in The Muddy Choir performing at your school please email:

Tour Dates
London – Redbridge Drama Centre – 13th September
Oxford – The North Wall – 17th September
Maidenhead – Norden Farm – 3rd October
Wells – Little Theatre – 11th October
Workington – Carnegie Arts Centre – 30th October
Durham – Gala Theatre – 1st November
Sunderland Libraries – 3rd November
London- National Army Museum – 7th, 8th, 10th November
Cambridge – Mumford Theatre – 20th November