PETER COLLEY Playwright-Screenwriter

YOU'LL GET USED TO IT 
 
- THE WAR SHOW - 

Drayton Entertainment Productions 1996 and 2001

Drayton Entertainment is one of Canada's great success stories.  Artistic Director Alex Mustakas started the company at the flagship theatre in Drayton, Ontario.  Since then it has grown to six theatres with an annual budget of over $5 million.  "YOU'LL GET USED TO IT - THE WAR SHOW" was first presented at the 500 seat Drayton Theatre where it quickly sold out and extra performances were added.  Even with the extra performances the musical sold 98% of capacity.  In 2001 the Drayton company took the show to the newly acquired Huron Country Playhouse (660 seats), and the King's Wharf Theatre (300 seats).  

REVIEWS

"EMOTIONS RUN DEEP DURING WAR SHOW"
“This production is not only superb, it’s one of the best (plays) the festival has ever presented. It’s the most deeply moving production Drayton has yet staged... it’s virtually impossible to find fault with “You’ll Get Used To It”... a moving tribute... heart-breaking... Colley evokes the full emotional resonances of the time.” 
Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"AN AMAZING PRODUCTION"
The Drayton Festival has mounted an amazing production that poignantly captures the essence of war... the show is packed with drama, comedy and music. Peter Colley has crafted six very believable soldiers... there are haunting songs that linger in the mind long after the final song of this outstanding production. The (scene of) the arrival of the troops on the beach at Dieppe is an astonishing monologue that rivets the audience. ... The final scene (of the play) is one of the most poignant moments of the show.” 
The Observer

"TALENTED CAST TEAMS UP FOR WINNING WAR SHOW"
“An immediate success... the audience response has been so great that the run has been extended. ... Inevitable scenes of war’s ultimate tragedy staged with great poignancy... The War Show gives eight performers a chance to shine in comedy, drama and song. It is the distilled memory of an era when life was made more precious by the realization that it could end at any moment. It is a living, breathing archive... it is a fitting testimony to their finest hour.” 
The Stratford Beacon Herald

"PETER COLLEY IS A CANADIAN NATIONAL TREASURE"
“The play is full of humour, both political and military... the show bursts with energy and literally crackles from beginning to end. (The play) is the definitive statement on stage of the triumphs and frustrations, the tears and laughter which brought Canada through WWII.”  
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record

 

"WAR SHOW WINS AUDIENCE"
“Peter Colley has wrapped all the feelings from people in all walks of life. It’s a timeless blend of hilarious fun... skillfully woven together where one hilarious scene is followed by a nostalgic tune. The show is littered with one-liners that kept the audience howling with laughter. This is one of the best shows that (Drayton) has produced, and that’s saying a lot.”  
The Guelph Mercury

"DRAYTON HAS A WINNER"
“The Drayton Festival has REALLY DONE IT this time! ...definitely a show you shouldn’t miss. GET ON THE PHONE and order your tickets right away! ... A great show... packed with humour, drama, and great musical numbers. It is the most compelling, thought-provoking and technically demanding show in the festival’s history.”  
Midmay Town Crier

 

 

"A GIFT FOR THE GENERATIONS"
“Fantastic... brought tears and laughter... very emotional... a wonderful play with so much feeling... you have created a gift for the generations.” 
Mrs. E. Campbell, Veteran 
Canadian Women’s Army Corps

"WONDERFULLY NOSTALGIC"
“Often hilarious, occasionally poignant... (it) roused much spontaneous applause from the Drayton audience. You will laugh at Colley’s eccentric characters and be entertained by the many hit songs of the era. The overall show was absolutely amazing.” 
The Stage Door (Toronto)

"WAR SHOW ONE OF DRAYTON’S BEST"
“If you’re looking for an evening of frothy entertainment this play isn’t for you, but if you want to see what may well be the best production mounted by Drayton in six very successful seasons then don’t miss this drama. ... It’s guaranteed you’ll laugh, cry and even sing along with some songs... a poignant play.” 
The Mount Forest Confederate

"NOT JUST GREAT ENTERTAINMENT - YOU WALK OUT PROUD! "
“Brilliant... much more than nostalgia... walks a fine line between humour and message... for all ages... Superb characterizations... that will have you laughing hysterically one moment and the next placing a lump in your throat. A show of highlights... I had the urge to return for another performance for fear of having missed something.”  
The Wellington Advertiser

"YOU’LL LOVE “YOU’LL GET USED TO IT" 
“Fun, amusing, touching and thought-provoking all in one entertaining package... the best of the season... kept the audience enthralled from beginning to end... chuckles, amazement and tears.”  
The Clifford News

 

"A MARVELOUS SHOW"
“A marvelous show... brought back many memories... it was a lesson in Canadian history. As the Veterans Service Officer for the Royal Canadian Legion we would like to use the final speech of the play for a national awareness campaign.”  
Mervyn Morley, V.S.O.
Royal Canadian Legion

"YOU'LL GET USED TO IT" ENJOYING A SPECTACULAR PRODUCTION"
Drayton's production is an adept blend of poignant, memorable moments.  History comes to life in a skillful blend of drama, music and comedy in one of the most thought-provoking and ambitious plays.  As you watch the talented cast go from a comical musical skit, you are surprised to find yourself holding your breath in another scene as the danger of battle becomes overwhelming.  Gut-wrenching scenes will move you to tears.  The audience was tapping their toes and humming along... and that's the kind of show this is: it moves you to sing along, to think and remember, to laugh and cry.  What else can you ask of a night at the theatre?" 
Free Press

""YOU'LL GET USED TO IT" PACKS AN EMOTIONAL PUNCH" 
"A nostalgic journey of music, laughter and drama... An unforgettable and moving experience... riveting.  There were amusing, sometimes poignant moments, touching to all ages. " 
Barrie Examiner

"PLAY SHOULD BE REQUIRED VIEWING"
This is a great show... skillfully takes the painful pieces of history, weaves them together into vignettes of life on the front lines and on the home front to produce a thoroughly entertaining evening.  Along with being a truly enjoyable evening, the show also serves to stimulate conversation.  
The Mirror

Huron Country Playhouse 2001

King's Wharf Theatre 2001

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