Britain's Best Recruiting Sergeant
A Unicorn production
What does it take to be a man?
- By Joy Wilkinson
- Directed by Lee Lyford
'My favourite bit was where she pretended to be every part in a movie she made, it’s really funny. Enjoy another fabulous play by the Unicorn theatre!' Lia Sumners, audience member
War breaks out and Vesta supports the cause by using her popular act to recruit soldiers to fight for king and country, but has she used her stardom for good? And is winning the most important thing?
The Unicorn commemorates the centenary of World War One with this musical production, specially created for family audiences.
'Children of Britain: Do Your Duty. The Unicorn Needs You! Actually, no: You Need The Unicorn.' ★★★★
'It’s an adults’ story, told for children: a refreshing reversal worthy of the “dark fairytales” which sell children’s stories to adults.' ★★★★
'excitement and exhilaration from start to finish' ★★★★
'The cast.... are fabulous, as is Lee Lyford's direction' ★★★★
South London Press
'ingenious and stylish'
'a great double act from Tom Espiner as Tilley’s dad… and Emily Wachter, who is very striking indeed as the young Vesta.’
'A crisp, entertaining show for children that approaches the first world war from a novel angle'
'Emily Wachter is engaging as Tilley, charming and ambitious'
‘The children were visibly rapt… It’s a simple piece, but it does as much in an hour as many longer ones.’
'a serious play...embedded in rich entertainment that is great fun'
'one moment the audience is laughing, the next singing along to a wartime song they recognise and the next minute there isn’t a pin drop to be heard.'
Visit 1914.org to view other centenary events and resources from across the globe.
For schools (Suitable for years 3-6)
Tickets are £10 with every eleventh ticket free. Contact our Box Office team on 020 7645 0560 or fill out a booking form.
There is a Teacher Resource Pack available to download here. You can also book a pre-show workshop to take place in your school (£120 per class). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to book.