Lilies on the Land

by The Lions Part



Best comedy

Best actress - Victoria Miles

Best costumes and make-up

Easter Festival of Plays, Isle of Man - 2024

Lilies on the Land is an extraordinary piece of theatre telling the story of Britain’s Women’s Land Army of World War II.

Based on hundreds of actual letters with original Land Girls, the play focuses on four very different women who all come together during Britain’s darkest hour determined to “do their bit” for King and Country.

Working long hours, in clothes full of mice, the bonds formed during the war would last a lifetime as women’s stories unfold. Not only do they have to learn the ways of working on the land the hard way, but they have to deal with being far from home and their loved ones, as outsiders in unfamiliar circumstances.

At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, this story of some of the country’s unsung heroes is a wonderfully rich piece of theatre.

An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.


Dates and venues

  • Fri 3 November - Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, Bath BA1 1UF
  • Sat 4 November - Wharf Theatre, Devizes SN10 1EB
  • Thu 16, Fri 17 & Sat 18 November - Royal & Derngate, Northampton NN11DP
  •  Sat 25 November - Chester Little Theatre, Gloucester Street CH13HR
  • Sun 31 March - Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man
  • Fri 26 April at 7.30pm - Harlestone Village Institute, Harlestone, Northampton NN7 4EH
  • Cast & Crew

    Margie Victoria Miles
    Peggy Samantha Harrison
    Poppy Olivia Hulley
    Vera Mo Shapiro

    Director - Liz Clarke
    Sound & Lighting - Dave & Flic Jones
    Stage Manager - Denise Swann
    Continuity - Lynne O'Sullivan
    Crew - Flic Jones & Richard Jordan
    Rehearsal support - Vicky Kelly
    Artwork - Rory Eaves
    Photography, publicity and programme - Martin Borley-Cox

    "I felt that I should let you know how much my friends and I enjoyed Lilies on the Land.  One of my friends was particularly impressed as her mother had been a land girl.  She was quite taken aback and a little tearful when the girls undressed to reveal the uniforms, they reminded her of the few photos she has of her mum in uniform, and sat quite overwhelmed with the stories as it was 'like listening to the stories my mum told me' especially the references to the rats and the attitude of the farmers. It brought her a wonderful evening as as a land girl her mother met her father (a soldier) at a camp dance near where she was stationed. It was a wonderful night."

    Audience comment by email

    "Brilliant show it’ll have you crying and laughing"

    Audience comment on Facebook

    "Congratulations to all!  The cast, charming, funny, delightful, wonderful singers.  I laughed, felt a little heartache and throughly recommend the show."

    Audience comment on Instagram

    "This was such a good show, played by a wonderful cast of very talented women!"

    Audience comment on Facebook

    Mo and Olivia on the farm

    Our cast members find out about life in the Women's Land Army. Photos by Martin Borley-Cox