Phoenix Players keen to revive spirit of the Blitz

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THE Harrogate Phoenix Players hope to bring the Spirit of the Blitz to the town at the end of January.

Their latest production When the Lights Go On Again is a sing-along musical drama from the pen of Yorkshire writer Roy Sault.

Running at Harrogate Theatre from from January 27-29 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm, When the Lights Go On Again has played to full houses around the country, a trend the Phoenix Players hope to continue with their Harrogate premiere as 50p from every ticket sold will be donated to the Help for Heroes campaign.

The show follows the fortunes of the Parker family, through the years of the Second World War, from Gran (who is disgusted by declining moral standards and pigeon droppings) to Jimmy (who is much more worried about sweet rationing).

The story is told by the family themselves aided and abetted by local gossips, disgruntled ARP wardens, military personnel (including two very funny Germans) and archive recordings.

The show includes the ribald banter and jokes of the era together with more than 30 songs from the 1940s with an invitation to the audience to sing along (song sheets and flags will be available).

With politicians predicting another year of credit crunches and cuts the ‘make do and mend’ attitude may seem very relevant in these austere times and this family show is guaranteed to lighten your mood.

Tickets costing £10, £12.50 and £15 are available from the box office on 01423 502116 or online from