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EASTBOURNE THEATRES
RARE ON STAGE Q&A WITH WRITERS IAN HISLOP AND NICK NEWMAN
THE WIPERS TIMES ON STAGE Q&A
WITH WRITERS IAN HISLOP AND NICK NEWMAN
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne – 2 October after 7.45pm performance

BAFTA nominated writing partners Ian Hislop and Nick Newman to participate in a Question and Answer session

It’s been confirmed that BAFTA nominated writing partners Ian Hislop and Nick Newman will participate in a Question and Answer session with the audience on Tuesday 2nd October at the Devonshire Park Theatre directly after that night’s performance of The Wipers Times; their true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.

Ian Hislop is a journalist, satirist, writer, broadcaster and perhaps best known as the editor of Private Eye magazine and team captain on BBC quiz Have I Got News for You. Nick Newman is a comedy writer and also a satirical British cartoonist.

Having met as youths working on revues at Ardingly College in East Sussex Ian and Nick continued their partnership at Oxford and have been regular writing partners since.

Previous writing credits include A Bunch of Amateurs a comedy about a village drama group was originally conceived as a film starring the late great Burt Reynolds, Derek Jacobi and Imelda Staunton before being adapted to stage, and their latest play A Trial by Laughter will being a national tour shortly. The writing partners have written scripts for 1980s political satire series Spitting Image, two series of My Dad’s the Prime Minister, writing for Maureen Lipman and contributing to Murder Most Horrid for Dawn French. And for radio their credits include BBC Radio 4 series Gush and The News at Bedtime.

The Wipers Times is their first stage play, adapted from their 2013 BBC First World War dramatization of the creation of the newspaper by the same name. In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a cheery, subversive and funny newspaper for the troops on the front line.

2018 marks the 100th centenary year of the end of the First World War and the final battle of Ypres, the Fifth Battle which ended early October 1918.

The Wipers Times is at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from Monday 1 – Saturday 6 October, direct from a record breaking West End season. Show tickets are priced from £21 (Onstage Q&A is included on Tues night). To book call the box office now on 01323 412000 or visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk.

Print-at-home tickets now available when booking online. Show programmes are also available to purchase with tickets online.