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Aftermath - in the Wake of War

Meet Sir John Hanham and Samuel Durrant, who survived their wounds, Wimborne physician, Dr E Kaye Le Fleming, who served in the Army Medical Corps, and washerwoman, Eliza Burden, of Pilford, whose son was killed in action.

Main character “Jack” Hanham, is played by Jake Baker who got a taste of life in the trenches while filming as a background actor in cinema blockbuster 1917 on Salisbury Plain in 2019.
“Jack is physically healed from his wounds but mentally still damaged. In his diary in Dorset History Centre he writes the same thing every day over and over as though his mind is stuck,” Jake explains.

“He had what we would call PTSD and as he starts to recover he writes poetry. His poems are his therapy. He writes about the garden - the circling trees and clamorous rooks - but what he is really writing about is the war.”

Aftermath is a State of Play Arts and ScreenPLAY co-production for the Priest's House Museum, Wimborne. Originally performed as a play in Deans Court House, Wimborne, Aftermath has been adapted and filmed in multiple locations for a wider audience. The film was scheduled for screenings across Dorset in Spring 2020 but but with the pandemic lockdown has been released online for all.

Written by Gill Horitz and Tony Horitz, based on stories from relatives, letters, diaries, photographs and other archives.

Sir John Hanham Jake Baker
Eliza Burden Michele O’Brien
Samuel Durrant Steve McCarthy
Dr E Kaye Le Fleming Stuart Glossop

Written by: Gill Horitz & Tony Horitz
Artistic Director: Tony Horitz
Director of Photography: Alastair Nisbet
Costumes: Hannah Small
Production assistant: Hannah Dinmore

Music: Violin Sonata in E Minor by Edward Elgar Op82 performed by Viviane Hagner and Tatiana Goncharova at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston USA.

Thanks to the following for their help and support:
Richard Gallop (Samuel Durrant’s step-grandson)
Jon Durrant (Samuel Durrant’s grandson)
Frances Burden, granddaughter of Eliza Burden
Chris Brown, Karen Hunt, Martin Barry, research advice
Paul Hyland - loan of Armistice Day, Photograph
Robert Baker, Blind Veterans, UK
Dave Keig, Keeper of Photographs, Priest’s House Museum
Wimborne Tourist Information Centre
James Webb, and staff at Priest’s House Museum and Garden

Filmed on location at Dean’s Court, Wimborne
Special thanks to Sir William and Lady Hanham for their support
Made with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund