True story of how fear of war in Europe led to heartbreaking marriage collapse

  • New drama reveals the heartbreaking true story of how one couple’s marriage dramatically broke down under the psychological stress of fear of war in Europe
  • Play is based on the published journal of a Yorkshire-born writer and political commentator who documented how the Munich Crisis – when Hitler’s Nazi Germany attempted to annex Czechoslovakia- had a severe impact on his wife’s mental health
  • Adaptation has been created as part of collaboration between an award-winning Yorkshire playwright and a University of Sheffield historian
  • Events revealed by the project mirror the crisis that Europe is facing today with Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

A new drama revealing the tragic true story of how one couple’s marriage was torn apart and mental health destabilised by the fear of war breaking out in Europe, is set to be performed in public for the first time next week (28 June 2022).

Based on the journal of F. L. Lucas, a Yorkshire-born writer, political commentator and voice against the appeasement of Hitler and Nazi Germany, the drama tells the real life events of how a crisis in Europe and the fear of the outbreak of World War II led to the heartbreaking and dramatic breakdown of Lucas’ marriage to his wife Prudey and her mental breakdown.

The true story reveals the pressures that a political crisis can put on people’s relationships and the impact that major world events can have on people’s mental health.

The political crisis in Europe at the time, which weighed so heavily on the mental health of Lucas’ wife and their relationship, mirrors the crisis that Europe is facing today, nearly 85 years later, with Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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