New songs, New Characters, New Show.

The Tree of War grew bigger than ever before.

Following the storming success of the September Preview Production The Tree of War returned to the Manchester stage in its new, fully-fledged form. In this new show, we delve further into Grandpa Bert’s story, exploring the lives of our characters in new, exciting and emotional ways. The original songs, including favourites such as “Over the Top,” “Mary Mortar” and “The Train” are joined by a whole host of new musical numbers presented by a full company of actors, with the whole score now accompanied by a live orchestra.

The production ran from 15th-19th September 2015.

The team behind September 2014’s show once again headed up the production of this new, extended show. Composer Oliver Mills returned to Direct and Produce, whilst Writer Rachel Mann shared Production duties.

The show once again utilised the fantastic, unusual and dynamic space that St Nicholas Church, Burnage provides; converting it into a fully-functional theatrical space for the week-long run. The location of the church also places us at the heart of the town where the show is set.

THE CAST OF THE 2015 PRODUCTION

BERT TROTT – Alex Cosgriff

GREVILLE HARCOURT – Sam Gilliatt

EDITH CHADDERTON – Rebecca McAuley

ADA TROTT – Beryl Nairn

GRANDPA BERT – Mike Law

DOUGIE McBRIDE – Jamie Rahman

ALF BARBER – Tom Fawcett

HARRY COOPER – Will Spence

REG SMITH – Joe Clayton

DAVEY GREYBRIDGE – Alex Pollard

FRANK OWEN – Tom Davidson

MARGARET BLAXLEY – Barbara Purvis

ANNA (Tuesday, Thursday, Sat. Matinee) – Lucy Smith

ANNA (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) – Maddie Corcoran

TOMMY LONGSIGHT/ENSEMBLE – Alex Curwen

VERA EDGELEY/ENSEMBLE/DANCER – Eilidh Pollard

DOROTHY APPLETON/ENSEMBLE – Hannah Goldsby

EMILY CLEMENTS/ENSEMBLE – Paige Campbell

ALICE TURNBULL/ENSEMBLE – Emily Richardson

VICTORIA SHUTTLEWORTH/MOTHER/ENSEMBLE – Lyndsey Florin

MAVIS LONGSIGHT/ENSEMBLE – Georgia Curwen