The Wipers Times: The Complete Series of the Famous Wartime Trench Newspaper by Malcolm BrownIn February 1916, Captain F. J. Roberts of the 12th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters produced the first edition of the trench newspaper The Wipers Times. Often produced in hazardous conditions, at one point only 700 yards from the front line, it acted as the voice of the average British soldier, relaying his experiences, grief, and anger during the entire conflict. At times irreverent, at times hysterical, its humor and satire provide an excellent insight into life in the trenches in the First World War.
The Wipers Times 2017 tour
I an Hislop and Nick Newman have already made an award-winning TV film from the story of how a satirical newspaper was produced by frontline soldiers in the first world war. The bulk of the action shows Roberts and his fellow officer Jack Pearson deciding to set up a paper while stationed at Ypres. That feels like an anachronistic barb, since the Wipers Times was less concerned with news than with offering a Punch-like mixture of jokes, parodies, poems and cartoons that would capture the rumbling resentment of the common soldier with a cosseted high command and the facile optimism of fireside patriots.
The Wipers Times
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers , two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line. Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. A hundred years after World War I, audiences nationwide will have a chance to see this forgotten true story about a satirical trench newspaper and discover that the black humour of The Wipers Times is still remarkably fresh, funny and poignant. Mary studied English and Drama at the University of Birmingham, staying on in the city to work at the Birmingham Rep in a variety of backstage and on-stage jobs. She now works as a voice and accent teacher at several London drama schools.
Nick Newman is an award-winning cartoonist and writer. He has worked for Private Eye since and has been pocket cartoonist for The Sunday Times since His cartoons have appeared in many other publications including The Guardian, Punch and The Spectator. Ian Hislop is a writer and broadcaster and has been editor of Private Eye since No account yet? Create one. Terence Rattigan.
We are doing that scene on the day of the 11th which is pretty extraordinary. Hislop said the success of the play is partly down to a need to remember the First World War after the last veteran, Harry Patch, died aged in The great thing about the Wipers Times is we have got the original material. For tickets to the special show, visit artstheatrewestend. Please wait Cannabis Debate. Future London.
In early , the 12th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters , was stationed in the front line at Ypres , Belgium , and came across a printing press abandoned by a Belgian who had, in the words of the editor, "stood not on the order of his going, but gone. The paper itself was named after Tommy slang pronunciation of Ypres. Under its initial title The Wipers Times and Salient News , the first issue was published on February 6, , with a circulation of one hundred copies. It was followed by another 22 issues, mostly consisting of 12 pages each. While the size and the layout of the magazine remained consistent, its main title changed many times. Previous titles remained listed in the subtitle in chronological order, for instance: The B.