New arrival Richard makes an immediate impact on the other members of the act, especially the women. Hired as a stage assistant, he soon begins performing roles. But just as Richard embraces the limelight, one of his colleagues decides he can't take it. Written by
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'Join the Army, boys.' It's a fine life, they said. Make a man of you, they said. Only trouble was, some of us never got the chance to be men - they went straight from the cradle to the grave. Me, I should have known better. Long before I joined up I'd learned that life has a nasty habit of knocking you down and pushing your face in the muck. Before the war to end war, I was on the stage - on the stage, where the smiles are as bright as the lights - because you're not supposed to see...