by Martin Nicholas McInerny
Directed by Jon Comyn Platt
Cast: 5f, 7m - with doubling can be played by 3f, 3m
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This play tells the true story of Doctor Ludwig Guttmann, who arrived from Germany at the beginning of World War Two and his consequent unconventional approach to patients with spinal injuries, encouraging them to rebuild their lives and do more than just participate in activities.
He conceived the idea of combining sport and medicine, resulting in the very first Paralympics Games held at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948.
A fascinating and inspiring story and GBT are very fortunate to have secured the amateur premiere of it.
Plaing ages below are for guidnace only.
The charaters of Florence and Henry are disabled characters and it woudl be desirable for them to be played by disbaled actors, although this is not essential.
'Poppa' Ludwig Guttmann
: mid 40's, German, precise, brilliant, impossible, retains his accent (not doubled)
: early 40's, an utterly professional Ward Sister, effective, lonely.
: mid 20's, charismatic, combative, doubles with Felix
Florence Du Pre
: early 20's, pretty and delicate, but wilful and spontaneous
: early 40's, Poppa's wife, tough, long suffering, convinced of hursband's genius.
Quartermaster Sergeant Thomas Hill, mid 30's, a miliatary man to his toes, but suprisingly sensitive, Scottish background and accent.
Then supporting characters which may be doubled with the above:
mid 20's, Felix's wife
The Incredible Dr Guttmann
Performance dates Mon