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Bernard Cockcroft playing 'Miss Cecily Cardew' in the play 'The importance of Being Earnest'.<br />
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Oh What a Lovely War...<br />
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The extraordinary level of professionalism a group of British soldiers put into their theatre productions at a PoW camp can be revealed in a newly-discovered archive.<br />
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So serious were the am-dram group of Stalag 383 they created a banked earth floor in a barn to form a sloping auditorium that became known as the 'Ofladium'.<br />
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The men bartered their Red Cross parcels with their German guards for materials and props and then spent weeks creating sets that wouldn't look out of place in a West End theatre.<br />
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The sets, costumes, performances and concert programmes were of almost professional standards, with a great deal of time, effort and skill clearly going into creating them.