23/04/19: Daredevil pilots celebrated in new show!

Those Magnificent MenThis year is the centenary of one of the greatest moments of aviation history and a truly British first - the first ever non-stop flight across the Atlantic, completed by British aviators Capt John Alcock and navigator Lt. Arthur Brown.

To mark the occasion the nail-biting, side-splitting true story of this daredevil flight has been turned into a rip roaring play and is set to tour Breckland rural venues as part of Breckland Council's Silver Social project.

'Those Magnificent Men', by acclaimed writing duo Mitchell & Nixon, tells the story of the intrepid duo who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber, flying not only through dense fog, sleet, snow and hail - sometimes upside down - from Canada to Ireland.

Starring Radio 4 regular David Mounfield ('Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show') and writer/performer Brian Mitchell ('The Ministry of Biscuits'), they will endeavour to tell the epic tale with just cardboard, two stools and some left-over props!

The Silver Social project is an ambitious programme of daytime events aimed at older people, in community venues across Breckland. The project uses a range of art forms, delivered by professional artists, to promote participation and independent living in our communities. The Silver Social holds events in libraries, village halls and other familiar community spaces, in target areas across Breckland including Dereham, Swaffham, Attleborough, Watton, Thetford, Ashill, Necton, Shipdham and Harling. The scheme is funded by the Arts Council England, Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council. Transport can be arranged for participants with travel issues.

The show will be touring between 3rd June to 7th June at Ashill Community Centre, Harling Old School Village Hall, Attleborough Town Hall, Shipdham All Saints Church and Necton Community Centre. The show runs from 2 p.m. to 3.30pm with tickets just £5, which includes refreshments. For more information on Silver Social events, including how to purchase 'Those Magnificent Men' ticketsvisit The Silver Social website, or call 01362 656870 or email community@breckland.gov.uk

Last updated: 19/05/2020 11:56:40