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Their Finest Hour presents the story of the men and women who served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

A completely new theatre piece, told through the words and eyes of those who were there, it is a truly unique and immersive verbatim production, with a cast playing over 100 characters. Featuring 1940s music and songs, poetry, and gripping story-telling, this stylish performance brings an emotive and significant part of our history to life.

The following pages detail the production and how it was produced.

Essentially this play is a celebration of forgotten heroes, told in their own words. The tales they tell are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant and always brave. Steve Darlow’s play cleverly interlaces their stories with iconic songs of the time … Joe Malyan’s direction was wonderfully imaginative … The excellent ensemble playing of the cast was beautiful to watch, as they seamlessly transitioned from one story to the next.‘ (London Pub Theatres 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 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.