A FUNNY and touching tribute to the fortitude of women on the home front gets under way in Romsey tomorrow night.

The RAODS outdoor production of Liles on the Land, part of Romsey Festival, takes to the stage at the Gardens of Island House in Greatbridge until Saturday..

The revealing portrait of four women who sign up to join the Women’s Land Army during World War II is based on 150 letters and interviews with original Land Girls, along with songs from the period.

Lilies on the Land charts the personal journeys of four women who are determined to work endless backbreaking hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their best for the War Effort.

But how do these women, all hailing from different walks of life, torn from their families and bereft of all basic home comforts, deal with the hardships of farming life and the pressures of war? Maybe work clothes full of mice and toilet rolls falling from the sky are just what it takes for these girls to get through…

Gates open at 6.45pm for picnics with locally produced wine on sale at the venue. Audiences are invited to bring their own chairs, relax, and soak up the nostalgia.The Island House Gardens enjoy six acres either side of the River Test.

Tickets are priced £12 from plazatheatre.com or 01794 512987. Danni Fletcher, Georgette Ellison, Emma Jobling and Jane Russell are pictured in rehearsal.