FROM the mud and mayhem of the trenches came a satirical newspaper which, one century on from the end of the First World War, will be celebrated with a play at Malvern Theatres.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times – a stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film – tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, “interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line”.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman said: “The Wipers Times will be on manoeuvres in Malvern.

“We look forward to sharing the remarkable trench humour of the Wipers Times.”

A spokesman added: “In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres , which was mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers, two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops.

“Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline.”

The spokesman said: “Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the Top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.”

The production originally launched one hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and publication of The Wipers Times. This current run coincides with the commemoration of the end of the First World War.

The Wipers Times will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Monday September 17 to Saturday September 22.

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