Oh What A Lovely War Commemoration!
Recently the Prime Minister spoke of his hopes that events to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War would be a "commemoration that, like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, says something about who we are as a people". And Jeremy Paxman, author of a new WW1 history book, was not the first critic to express concern that the anniversary events were in danger of becoming a "celebration of war". All issues we discuss in tonight's Night Waves. It's a landmark special to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking theatrical production of Oh What A Lovely War! -- the satire with songs that JoanLittlewood created with her Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Our programme was recorded on the stage itself, with an audience that included some with great memories of seeing the original show and how it had transformed their view of war and history. Original cast member and Theatre Royal Archivist Murray Melvin recalls watching Field Marshall Haig's