FIRST World War drama The Thankful Village can be seen at Bingley Arts Centre as part of a commemorative tour.

Yorkshire-based Badapple Theatre Company has revived the successful play to tie in with the centenary of the Armistice.

The Thankful Village portrays the story of the Great War from a female perspective, with an all-woman cast.

Thankful Villages were the 53 communities across the country that lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again.

Set in Yorkshire, this poignant production gives an alternative perspective to the long years of 1914-1918.

The story is told through the eyes of three women from the same rural household - both below and above stairs - as they are left behind to cope after their menfolk march off to Flanders.

A spokesman said: “Don’t miss this story of hope, humour and humanity, about the men who went away, the women left behind, and the eccentric twists and turns of daily life that led to their re-uniting, for better or for worse, in the winter of 1918.

“Audience reaction to the play’s debut tour was extraordinary. Established playwright Kate Bramley has now re-worked it to reflect this year’s poignant anniversary.”

The Thankful Village stars Sarah Raine, Zoe Land, and Frances Tither who was seen on the BBC’s ‘Making of A Militant’ playing Emmeline Pankhurst.

Music is by Sony award-winning songwriter Jez Lowe, who will play songs from during this month’s appearance on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night special ‘Ballads of the Great War’ with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

This year marks Badapple Theatre Company’s 20th anniversary of touring players to the smallest of rural venues and communities.

York Press said the Thankful Village offered defiant humour, emotional clout and a poignant final twist.

Thankful Villages, also known as Blessed Villages, are settlements in England and Wales from which all their members of the armed forces survived the First Will War.

The term Thankful Village was popularised by the writer Arthur Mee in the 1930s, in Enchanted Land, the introductory volume to The King’s England series of guides.

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Pictures by Karl Andre Smit.