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The Custard Boys
On from 10 Apr 2012 till 12 May 2012
Tabard Theatre
by Glenn Chandler/ John Rae
Genre(s): Drama

Tickets: £16 / (£14 concessions)

About: The Custard Boys

Five London schoolboys are evacuated to a Norfolk seaside village, far from Hitler's bombs.
They want to fight for England but are too young to join up and too old to wait. They join
the school army cadet force and learn to fire rifles, they form a gang and play at being
soldiers. But it is not real war.

Sixteen year old John Curlew dreams of being a Spitfire pilot. Mark Stein is Jewish and
a pacifist refugee who hates the war and longs for it to end. When these two boys are
thrown together and form a romantic bond, their friendship splits the group and invites
fear and prejudice. But it is a challenge to a rival gang which becomes the catalyst for a
sinister train of events. While men die in their thousands overseas, in a small corner of rural
England a group of schoolboys embark on a final war game which will lead ultimately to
tragedy.

The Custard Boys was filmed in the 1960s as Reach for Glory and is a story of sexual
awakening, loyalty and betrayal which was compared upon publication to Lord of the Flies

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