Critical Acclaim for New Play   

The cast in an authentic period bus. Credit Carol Godsmark

Number 60 to the Somme a play with music celebrating the ‘only and best’ B-Type London bus by Greg Mosse and Carol Godsmark, opened with a World Premiere on 3 November at the Riverside Theatre, Chichester College, Chichester, West Sussex, running to 7 November with sell-out performances and glowing reviews.  ‘[Number 60 to the Somme] is beautifully judged and beautifully delivered.’ ‘A truly-excellent night, a production which comes close to perfection of a play which is rich and absorbing delivered by a terrific cast.’ Phil Hewitt, Entertainments Group Editor and critic, Chichester Observer.

Brighton Argus: ‘No. 60 To The Somme by Greg Mosse and Carol Godsmark, commemorates the First World War with a story about a London bus.’ ‘Ben Cassan as Jim demonstrates wonderfully repressed emotion in a romance with the coolly determined Vera of Susie Coutts. Touching, funny, sad.’ Four stars

Based on a storyline from Carol Godsmark’s novel, Ghost Army, it tells the story of Jim Swift, a London double decker bus driver who, against his family’s wishes, enlists to drive his bus to the Front, one of the many leaving London streets in their red livery to Front Line battles for the First World War effort.

The Great War was an extraordinary mobilisation of men, women, animals and machines. The B-Type bus – open-topped, steel-wheeled, solid, dependable – was dispatched in huge numbers – 1500 – to serve in Belgium and France. The vehicles became troop transports, mobile hospitals, pigeon lofts – and were put to any and every perilous use on the rough roads and tracks.

This unknown story of World War One is brought to vivid life by an ensemble company directed by Roger Redfarn, his 22 London productions including Dad’s Army with the original cast, What a Performance with David Suchet plus Chichester Festival Theatre’s Underneath the Arches and Song of Singapore. Roger, also responsible for national tours as well as worldwide productions, was Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Plymouth for ten years, Cameron Macintosh commenting ‘There is no other theatre in the country that has the range of high-quality theatre across its stages than this city enjoys.’ Roger is a Winston Churchill Fellow.

Number 60 to the Somme continues its run in Bognor Regis in January 2015.  Roger Redfarn, Carol Godsmark and Greg Mosse are in discussion with other interested producers.

To make enquiries, to book this play and for other cast and production information, please contact Carol Godsmark, carol@carolgodsmark.co.uk 01243 538810 or 0771 7777 478. © Mosse Associates Ltd 2014