‘Dick Whittington & His Cat’, A Christmas Pantomine at The AIF Theatre, Changi P.O.W. Camp (Christmas 1943)

Dick Whittington
Dick Whittington - CastNote: Decor by Murray Griffin, (A.I.F.) War Artist

‘There was no quality so touchingly likeable in prisoner of war psychology as the childish capacity of everyone for enjoying pantomimes. Each Christmas, without fail, thousands of haggard, misshapen, disillusioned men went galloping down to the theatre to see the pantomime and , unashamedly, to enjoy it.’

Source: Unknown Author, ‘On with the Motley: The Changi Concert Party’, in Lachlan Grant (ed.), The Changi Book, Published by New South in association with the Australian War Memorial, 2015, pg. 143