Play: Thirty-Odd Feet Below Belgium – Royal Engineers Museum

An affair in letters in the Great War 1915-1916


Thirty-odd feet below Belgium is a small-scale theatre production that fuses performance with projected animation to share the true story of Edith Ainscow & Geoffrey Boothby during the First World War.

When Arthur discovers a locked wooden chest filled with letters in late mother’s house, an unlikely tale of young love is uncovered.

After spending only four incomplete days together, Geoffrey is sent to the Front to work for the Royal Engineer Tunnellers below the Ypres Salient.

Over the next 18 months, hope is sustained and a relationship blossoms through little more than written correspondence – beautifully caring and often funny, their letters are brought to life using an exciting fusion of digital and traditional storytelling.

Despite the circumstances they find themselves in, Edith and Geoff’s letters are full of light and life. They tease and joke with each other, writing about shows they have seen, articles they have read and music they have been listening to.

It is impossible not to be moved by this real life story of romance, at once personal, universal, exhilarating and truly poignant.

Post-show discussion:

This performance includes a post-show discussion with performers and production staff about the show, its preparation and background, as well as an opportunity to ask any questions.

Co-directed by Martin Berry and Gloria Lowe.

Animation Direction by Francis Lowe.


Contains themes of war. May contain guns, smoking, loud bangs and swearing. 

Not recommended for children under 12 years of age.


Doors Open 6.30pm, performance commences at 7.00pm 


Pricing Information

Tickets: £8.00 each