Hartley Arts Group (HAG) has been put through its paces for their latest production.

The Hartley Wintney-based group is performing Joan Littlewood’s Oh What A Lovely War to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War and to prepare for their parts, the cast was subjected to a vigorous army training session.

“Retired Colonel Anthony Gall put us through our paces, teaching us to stand to attention, chin up, eyes up, chest out, about turn and even to ‘wheel’,” said HAG member Helen Lewis.

“Once we had learnt our left from our right we weren’t such a bad squad after all.”

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Mrs Lewis said the current London version of the show is sold out at Stratford East Theatre.

“Our production is an ambitious one and will include video production, special effects and a live six- piece band,” she added.

“Most of the songs are well known and easy to sing such as Pack Up Your Troubles, Goodbye-ee and Oh It’s A Lovely War.”

The show runs from May 22 to 24 and May 29 and 31 in the Victoria Hall, Hartley Wintney.

Opening nights seats are £10 and all other performances are £13.

Special group discounts are available for local school children.

To book call 07956 412826.