Pip Utton, recognised as one of the leading writers and performers of solo drama, is bringing his acclaimed play Churchill, to the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax next week.
The play, which has already been seen at the Edinburgh Fringe and on tour in the USA. Europe and India, takes a biographical look at the man who led the country through World War Two and was voted the Greatest Briton in history.
Utton says his 70-minute work is not an attempt to judge Churchill’s actions or influence, instead it gives his subject a voice – at times deeply humorous – that can reach out across the decades.
The play begins with Big Ben chiming 13; a magical time when once a year the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, London, comes alive and descends from his plinth to indulge in his passions of drinking whisky, smoking cigars and listening to himself talk. He talks of his childhood, his parents, his education, his marriage, his painting, writing, and, of course, his political career.
Utton’s work has an international following and has been translated in to seven languages. Later this year he is taking Churchill to Germany and Russia.
His name became well known on the world stage after a highly successful tour with an earlier work, Adolf, portraying Hitler.
Tickets for Churchill, on Friday, April 25, are available priced £13 and £11, from the Square Chapel box office on 01422 349422.