Trench mortar school mascot on a German trench mortar
Man standing next to a captured German trench mortar. There is a tiny monkey sitting on the barrel of the trench mortar. The man is holding the monkey’s hand and is looking closely at the monkey’s face. Many soldiers adopted animals, often abandoned or left behind by their owners, and kept them as pets or mascots. From the National Library of Scotland
From Michael Gubser of James Madison University:
I am a professor of modern European history (including World War I) in Virginia, and I have recently had a musical that I have co-written accepted into the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) as part of its Developmental Reading Series. The musical, entitled “Into the Sun,” takes place in World War I and is based loosely on the experiences of the British World War I poets, such as Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and others. Some of the songs in the play use their poems as lyrics.
NYMF is a major festival of new musicals that takes place each year in July, and it attracts producers and theatre representatives looking for new plays to develop and produce. As part of this festival, ‘Into the Sun’ will have three staged reading performances in New York City on July 15 and 19. It will hopefully be a great opportunity to raise awareness of World War I and of the war pets during this centenary.
I’m sending two sites: 1) the announcement of the show on the NYMF website: http://www.nymf.org/festival/2015-events/sun/ and 2) our Kickstarter site which provides a succinct summary of the musical as well as two videos — one an artist’s statement and the other a documentary-style promo video — that describe the show: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/intothesun/into-the-sun-nymf-2015