Theatre On The Edge, in collaboration with Hull Minster, Hull Libraries and Hull University, is bringing Hull’s lost hero, Dan Billany to life in a live reading of Billany’s WWII novel, The Trap.
Activist, teacher, novelist and soldier, Dan Billany was a member of East Yorkshire Regiment and in 1942 was captured by Rommel’s forces in North Africa. While a prisoner of war, he wrote The Trap. Billany went missing after being released from a POW camp in Italy in 1943. His fate remains unknown to this day.
The manuscript of The Trap, written in exercise books, was left in the care of a friendly Italian farmer, who sent them to Billany’s parents when the war was over. The Trap, an outstanding novel by Billany, a young writer of natural genius was first published soon after the war. It fictionalises Billany’s experiences of WWII.
Partly a very moving love story about real working people in England in the 1930s, it is also – unforgettably – a war book. The Trap is a piece of unsurpassed realism about the training for combat, travel to the front and fighting in the north African desert against Rommel’s army, ending in the futility of capture and imprisonment. Critically acclaimed at its publication as “One of the most powerful English novels to come out of the war”, The Trap has been frequently reprinted and has also been translated into many languages.
Everyone is welcome to join Theatre On The Edge in discovering this great literary work. If you are interested in reading, as an individual or as part of a small group, then please contact Theatre On The Edge at firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 July.
You may also participate in reading The Trap as part of a virtual book club from the comfort of your own home. Contact email@example.com for more details.
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