Johnny Jack's War is a community play written by Branscombe playwright Pete Wilson, charting the opening months of the First World War and its impact on a rural community.
The play was directed by Crosby Chacksfield, former head of drama at the King's School in Ottery St Mary. Musical directors were Sidmouth Mummers' Old Father Christmas Henry Piper and his wife Rosie.
Johnny Jack's War was performed in Sidbury Village Hall in November 2011 as a promenade production with four stages in different parts of the hall, with the audience able to move around following the action, and even become part of it at times!
The play combines familiar folk and First World War songs and music with scenes from the trenches,
the village pub, the Sidmouth Mummers play and lots more. As a result of Pete and Crosby's research, all the dialogue and events described in the play are based on things that actually happened;
some amusing, some moving and some that give new insights into our perceptions of "the war to end all wars".