Spackman’s impeccable performance is quietly astonishing…a life-affirming celebration of the human spirit… thoughtful and imbued with a dry sense of humor
— Robert Trussel, Kansas City Star

Woodbine Willie brings to life the horror and humour of daily life in the trenches during The Great War. Drawn directly from the poetry of Reverend Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy.

A one-man show taking us through the experience of an Everyman Tommy in the Western Front over two days. Told entirely in verse drawn directly from the poetry of Studdert-Kennedy the show provides a highly personal and individual take on the epic conflict, demanding that the audience laugh, cry and live life through the eyes of this soldier.

Woodbine Willie is a commemoration and celebration of the bravery and sacrifice of those who served in the war to end all wars, and reasserts Studdert-Kennedy to his rightful place as one of the most original and evocative poets of the period.


About Woodbine Willie:

Rev. G. Studdert-Kennedy was padre to the troops, dispensing spiritual sustenance to the soldiers, as well as Woodbine cigarettes, which earned him his famous nickname. He received the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery for tending to the wounded and dying under fire, and after the war he published two books of verse about the experiences.

He has become one of the most overlooked poets of the war period, mixing the melancholy and frustration of his more famous compatriots with a stoic, everyday language and gallows humour that brings the experiences and suffering of the troops to vivid life.

In his moving portrayal of a soldier in a World War I trench, the U.K.’s Frank Spackman has built a character around the poetry of the Rev. Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy... effectively poignant.