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The True Story of the Spitfire
A play by Johnny Carrington with songs by Paul Ibbott (music) Mark Wheeller (Lyrics)
Seventy years ago the skies over Southampton were filled with the sights and sounds of the world’s fiercest air battle… men were fighting… daily… for their lives. The German air force was trying to destroy the RAF so they could launch an invasion... standing against them was just a few hundred British and commonwealth pilots flying Hurricanes… and Spitfires.
This is the story of the Southampton man who designed the Spitfire; R.J. Mitchell, from humble beginnings to chief designer of Supermarine and how he battled against illness to design perhaps one of Britain’s most iconic machines. It also draws on real testimonies from people whose lives were touched by the Spitfire, from Battle of Britain pilots to the men and women who built them.
This new piece of theatre uses original music, songs and stunning multi-media to tell the story of a genius who designed an aeroplane that helped save this country.