Welcome to the home page of Their Finest Hour, which premiered at The Studio Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, 5th to 8th June 2019, with a second run showing from 20th to 22nd February 2020.
Presented in collaboration with South Hill Park’s Studio Theatre Company, Their Finest Hour is the story of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War as told through the words and eyes of those who were there.
A completely new theatre piece, it is a truly unique and immersive verbatim production, with a cast of 8 actors playing over 100 characters to bring an emotive and significant part of our history to life.
The following pages detail the production and how it was produced.
‘A beautiful and powerful piece of theatre … They bring the brave voices of the incredible men and women of 75 years ago to the stage in a touching and educational experience.’ (Audience review)
Their Finest Hour takes us on a journey from the early days of survival during the desperate evacuation at Dunkirk, to the heroic Battle of Britain, the dark days of the Blitz, the escalation of the bomber offensive, the D-Day landings in Normandy and the final victory in Europe. Music from the era captures the emotion of the time; the hopes of those involved, the fight for freedom, and the sacrifice made. On 18 June 1940, when Britain stood alone, Winston Churchill spoke to the House of Commons of the danger ahead, closing with a final call to the nation and her Allies. ‘Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’ This is the story of those who gave Their Finest Hour.