A "hilarious, heart-breaking snapshot" of life during WW1 is to be performed in Wrexham later this month.

Aunty Jen Productions is to bring live theatre back to what was one of the most vibrant Royal British Legion Clubs in the UK.

Famous for hosting headline acts such as Matt Monroe, The Searchers, Russ Abbott, Kenny Ball and the jazzmen, and Ken Dodd - as well as monthly concerts featuring the UK and Europe’s top organists and music nights with some of the finest Welsh Choirs - Llay Royal British Legion Club has the most wonderful history and a huge concert hall that almost echoes with the sounds of performances gone by. 

On May 17, the concert hall is going to be filled with the sound of some of the most famous songs of WW1 as AJP brings Joan Littlewood’s pioneering musical to the to the venue. 

The company is touring the production to coincide with the commemorative events for D Day 80 and will be taking the show to several Royal British Legion clubs as well as theatres and rural community venues. 

Director Jennifer Rigby said she is thrilled to be coming to Wales, explaining: "My family has such strong links with this area.

"My mum was brought up in Colwyn Bay where we spent so many of our childhood holidays.

"We used to perform in the Easter concerts at Eirias Park.

"I came back from Germany, where we were attached to the British Army, to study for my A Levels at Rydal School. 

"I got married in Faenol Fawr, a beautiful medieval manor house near Bodelwyddan on a sunny April day in 2020. 


"Then, touring with outdoor theatre company Illyria, I found myself back in North Wales on many occasions performing at Errdig and Plas Newydd. 

"Every time we cross the bridge and see the ‘Croeso i Gymru’ sign I feel like I’m coming home."
‘Oh! What a Lovely War’ brings to life the folly, farce and tragedy of the First World War. 

Told through the eyes of the ‘ordinary soldier’ the production is a hilarious, heart-breaking snapshot of the life of those caught in the crossfire of conflict. 

Tickets can be booked at Llay RBL Club by visiting the company’s website (www.auntyjenproductions.co.uk) or by popping to the club itself and buying your tickets there. 

The show takes place on May 17 7.30pm.