1918: Foundation

As part of the Royal Air Force’s Centenary Celebrations Front of House Theatre Company created a brand new, interactive work in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon that told the stories of real servicemen and women from the RAF’s inaugural year.

Performed on Sunday 1st April, Hangar 2, RAF Museum, Hendon


On the 1 of April 1918 the Royal Air Force and the Women’s Royal Air Force was formed in the midst of the First World War. Join us to hear the voices of the men and women that are part of the RAF story. Front of House Theatre company will be breathing life into these amazing stories set amongst the museum’s First World War Exhibition.

Meet real-life characters, such as Robbie Clarke and Grace Mary Berry, and hear about their experiences in the air and on the ground as members of the RAF in its first year.

This brand new work encourages you to interact with the performers and discover the personal stories of the incredible servicemen and women of 1918. Draw sketches of planes with Lieutenant Indra Lal Roy, find out what an officer does with their downtime, and discover the magic of flying in Claude Grahame-White’s office.

Make sure you explore all the areas of the hangar, you never know who you may encounter!

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Performed by Marc Benga, Emma Bentley, James Davies-Price, Mikhail Sen, Sophie Ormond, and Ross Virgo

Written by Arthur Cole and Daisy Watford

Directed by Katie-Ann McDonough and Tom Ward

Costume Supervision by Neil Gordon

Produced by Helen Thomas

Uniforms supplied by Khaki Devil


With special thanks to Taff Gillingham and his team; Richard Thomas; Ella Hewitt, Peter
Devitt, Vernon Creek, and all at the RAF Museum.