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Historia presents:


A docudrama based on the letters of

Bombardier Edwin Hassall 1916-1918

by  Kate Glover


It is June 1916.  A 6 year old girl, Joan Burbridge, watches as her father wraps up a packet of chocolate for the brave soldiers at the front.   A thought strikes her:  'How will the soldier know the chocolate is from me?'  Her father obligingly writes on the packet:  ‘From Little Joan, Whiterock, Wadebridge, Cornwall’.

Six weeks letter, a green field envelope arrives, addressed to Little Joan.   Inside was a letter, the first of many,  from Bombardier Edwin Hassall, Royal Artillery, still in the midst of the fighting at the Battle of the Somme.

The story of the letters from ‘The Chocolate Soldier’ to Little Joan and her father,  from the Somme until the Armistice, is told movingly and amusingly,  by three actors, in a cabaret style performance with poetry and popular songs from the period.


Dates and Venues   TBC



Earlier Historia Productions include: 

Fire & Phoenix (2016), the Great Fire of London.

Magna Carta (2015), the dramatic story of the struggle between King John and his rebel barons.

Queen Anne (2014), a play about the life and troubled reign of the last Stuart monarch. Pictures

The Sound of Breaking Glass (2012-13), a play by Sally Sheringham, covering the life and conflicts of a family from 1908 to 1921 through the Suffragette movement and the First World War.

Judenfrei (2010-11), a touching play about the sufferings of two Jewish lawyers and their families in 1938 Berlin.

An African's Blood (Tour, 2007-8), chronicling the epic journey through Parliament of Wilberforce's law to end the slave trade, and touching on some chilling contemporary parallels.

Five Eleven (Tour, 2005), a play about the gunpowder plot of November 1605.

Evelina(2004),an adaptation from the novel by Fanny Burney.

A Passionate Englishman (1997 and 2000), based on the life of William Penn and set in the form of a dialogue between Penn and Samuel Pepys.




Updated 16 January 2017