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Dear Chocolate Soldier

by Kate Glover

Read by AWL on 9 April 2018

A docudrama based on the letters of Bombardier Edwin Hassall 1916-1918, edited and arranged by Kate Glover.

It is June 1916. A six-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 is 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.

Little Joan (as child and as older lady)
Mr Burbridge
Edwin Hassall
Emma Hassall
Dr Sowerby
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