A Very Unimportant Officer

A Very Unimportant Officer

In 1928 my grandfather, Alexander Julian Hartley Stewart, expanding on his diary and correspondence home at the time, wrote a memoir of his experiences on the Somme and at Passchendaele during the First World War. The book languished on family bookshelves until 2007, when it was initially published as an ebook and then, in 2008, by Hodder as a hardback (now paperback) entitled A Very Unimportant Officer.

An interview on Radio 4's Today programme on Remembrance Day 2007, during which I read some extracts, stimulated theatre producer James Seabright to contact me. Collaboration with David Benson, an experienced and esteemed performer of his own one-man shows, led to production of My Grandfather's Great War for the Edinburgh Festival.  Gratifyingly, the show was  well-received,  nominated for Best Solo Show 2008 by The Stage, and has been touring the country ever since. It is due to run for three weeks at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Soho during the first three weeks of November 2010.

 

 

 

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