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One-woman tale of wartime love

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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JANUARY 1945, Paris is liberated. Christiane waits at Gare Du Nord for a ticket to England to be reunited with her English fiancé.

While she waits, this gloriously irrepressible mademoiselle recounts the extraordinary love story between her – an eccentric, acutely myopic Parisian – and her shy, uptight beanpole from Staffordshire. From a chance encounter at Cheadle tennis club, their story takes us on to cosmopolitan 1930s Paris before their inevitable separation by war. A separation, which she hopes, today, will finally come to an end. A fond, comical and ultimately poignant portrait of one woman's experience of love and war.

Caroline Horton, who stars in and wrote You're Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy, said: "In 2002, my French grandmother moved into sheltered housing. Among a lifetime of clutter, I found a shoebox containing her wartime letters. Over the past year, I've pieced together her story from the letters and our conversations about her past, a past that is slipping away from her." It comes to Tolmen Centre, Constantine, on Saturday, April 12, at 7.30pm. Tickets from 01326 341353.

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