ADC Theatre
Tue 26 - Sat 30 September

Little Wars

Steven Carl McCasland

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

When the world is at war and the risks of speaking out couldn’t be higher – would you stay silent?

It’s 1940 France and the Nazi invasion of Paris is imminent. At a dinner party – where only booze is served – a group of female writers, among them Agatha Christie, Dorothy Parker, and Gertrude Stein, bicker and argue until they are close to boiling point. No subject it seems is off limits.

A mysterious guest joins the party, and the maid is attentive to all. Everyone, it turns out, has a secret. Who is prepared to reveal theirs? And how can these women overcome their prejudices to work together?

Six are famous literary figures of the twentieth century, all of them bold and witty. Each of these women must fight her corner.

The play questions our sense of right and wrong, our individual actions and our collective responsibility. As such its themes are as relevant today as they would have been in 1940.

“For every story worth telling, there’s a dozen secrets worth keeping.”

This production is recommended for ages 12 and above and we strongly advise that you read the full list of content warnings by clicking the link above to ensure that the show is appropriate for your party. 

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.


Tue 26 September at 7:45pm
Wed 27 September at 7:45pm
Thu 28 September at 7:45pm
Fri 29 September at 7:45pm
Sat 30 September at 2:30pm
Sat 30 September at 7:45pm


ADC Theatre


TUE–THU £11–£14, FRI–SAT £13–£16

The script contains a graphic description of gratuitous sexual violence,

r*pe and/or sexual assault,

abuse (physical, mental, verbal, sexual),

pregnancy and/or childbirth,

miscarriages and/or abortion,



drugs/alcohol/substance abuse,


The ADC Theatre is Britain's oldest University playhouse, today administered and maintained by the University of Cambridge. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855, when the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) was founded, and the society met and performed in the back room of the Hoop Inn, which stood almost exactly where the ADC Theatre stands today.  Today, the ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement. 


When you arrive at the ADC Theatre, there are power assisted doors to the Box Office. In the foyer there is a lift which leads up to the bar and auditorium. The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor across the foyer. Further information can be found here.

If you are booking a wheelchair seat in the ADC auditorium for the first time, please call the Box Office on 01223 300085 or email We will then alter the permissions of your ADC account so that you can access the wheelchair seats on our website when you book in the future. 

Complimentary tickets are available for full-time carers.

The ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom is fitted with an infra-red audio system designed to help deaf and hard of hearing patrons. If you are using the system for the first time, please arrive early and seek advice from our Front of House team.

Assistance dogs are welcome in both of our venues. Please call the Box Office or email the above address when booking to ensure you are seated appropriately.

The Park Street car park, which is typically used by customers of the ADC Theatre, is closed until August 2024. We recommend that you park in the Grand Arcade car park (10 minute walk) or the Castle Hill car park (15 minute walk). Parking in City Council car parks is free after 6pm. You can find out more information here.


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From the producers

5 days to go

Cambridge 105 Radio

On the 19 September, Alex Elbro was joined by director Trish Peroni and Rosie Wilson, who’s playing Agatha Christie in 'Little Wars'. Click the link below to give the interview a listen!

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12 days to go

Meet the Playwright

"Little Wars asks its audience some tough questions: what is a single life worth, and what would you do to save it? What if it were a complete stranger?" - Steven Carl McCasland is the playwright behind BAWDS' upcoming production of 'Little Wars'. Read on to hear more about what they have to say about the show!

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12 days to go

Meet Emma Vieceli as Lillian Hellman

Emma Vieceli plays Lillian Hellman in BAWDS' upcoming production of 'Little Wars'. We asked her a few questions about the show, read on to see what she had to say!

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12 days to go

From the Director

"Directing 7 strong women - it’s never going to be easy. But it’s been wonderful to watch the characters come to life" - Tricia Peroni, the Director of Little Wars, tells us more about the show in our blog!

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