On the night of Saturday and Sunday 10th-11th May 1941, the sky over Southern Britain was filled with the distinctive beat of German aircraft engines as the Luftwaffe made once more for East London.
This night would be different. It was to be one of the heaviest raids of the blitz.
Against this appalling background “St Crispin’s Night” recalls in dramatic detail the experiences of a group of East Londoners taking refuge in their shelter in the crypt of St Crispin’s church during what came to be known as “The Longest Night”.
These are ordinary people, trying to lead ordinary lives caught up in the most extraordinary events. People, whose emotions had already been calloused by nine months of bombing.
Written with warmth and humanity, by Winifred Beaumont who had been an air raid shelter nurse in Hackney during the blitz, the play tells a fascinating story. Whilst the individual characters she depicts are fictitious, their situations and emotions are all too real.