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The Sherry Theater
North Hollywood, CA
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Last show is February 16th 2019 8 pm


"The POW and the Girl" is riveting and surprising!

The new play is based in part on the personal experiences of writer Katrina Wood and her father, Percy Herbert, a prolific British character actor. Herbert was in the Japanese POW camp system and helped built the Bridge on the River Kwai; he went on to be cast in the famous movie with Alec Guinness.

Set in punk-era London in the 1980s, the play "The POW and the Girl" has deep roots in World War II and the Japanese Changi Prison. Playwright Wood tells of a grandfather, the POW, who survived the notorious Changi prison complex known as the Death Camp. The POW lives with his granddaughter, the Girl, in working-class northern London.

It's a time of fast-moving change in Britain! Video games and punk rock have revolutionized pop culture. Women have made their way into the work force in great numbers, notably the strong-willed Margaret Thatcher, who has just taken the helm of the United Kingdom.

Despite the charge of modernization in the 1980s, mental health treatment remains in its adolescence. Little is known in particular regarding treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome -- often referred to by its historic name, shell shock.

Haunted by memories of the war and his former life in London, the POW exhibits classic symptoms of PTSD. He grapples with his demons at the same time he has thrust upon him the responsibility of supporting and protecting his granddaughter (at least he sees it that way), a college student. The pair are left alone after the death of the Girl's mother, his daughter.

The Girl looks to her future, full of hopes and dreams. The POW remains wounded and embittered. Challenges are great for both characters and their familial relationship. Wood's drama suggests that war trauma is not just relegated to veterans but is often indiscriminately passed down through the generations.

Both shocking and unexpected, this play is full of  humor and heart. Woven with amazing WWII-era music and the punk rock of the '80s!  "The POW and the Girll" unveils the extraordinary courage and resilience demonstrated by families who find a way through the harrowing maze of PTSD.

The play is one not to be missed!


The Sherry Theater (View)
11052 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


On BPT Since: Jul 10, 2016


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