Elsie and Mairi Go to War (2 stars)

High on initial interest but short on the requisite drama

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This article is from 2010.

Elsie and Mairi Go to War

This well-acted tale follows two heroines of WWI dispatched to Belgium as ambulance drivers. Using extracts from the women’s diaries and contemporary press interviews, the play is adapted from a book by Diane Atkinson, who here ill-advisedly narrates large sections from the wings, instead of letting two clearly skilled actors play it out themselves, leaving us high on initial interest but short on the requisite drama.

Dovecot, 226 0000, until 20 Aug, 4pm, £8 (£6).

This article is from 2010.

Elsie and Mairi Go to War

  • 2 stars

Biker chicks before the First World War, Elsie (30) and Mairi (18), went to Belgium in 1914 to 'do their bit', opening a first aid post close to the German trenches. Awarded 17 medals for their courage under fire, this daring and glamorous duo were also famous for their parties. Elsie married a Belgian airman; Mairi's…

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