Young people from across Staffordshire are getting the opportunity to take part in exciting theatre performances exploring local stories about WWI.
The War Bride production, designed by costume designer Anna Lewis is both a theatre performance and a piece of moving visual art. Young people will get the chance to take part in costume workshops, learn about the history of WWI and then join actors in the final performances.
Themes explored in the workshops include underage recruits, food shortages, miners on the Western Front, the military training camps on Cannock Chase, nurses and the changing role of women during the war.
Staffordshire County Council’s Archives & Heritage Service will be working with Imagineer Productions to bring the event to the county following a successful bid to Arts Council England. The performance will visit the following venues:
- Wednesday 13th September, Stone (procession from the war memorial on Granville Square at 4pm)
- Thursday 14th September, Burton Library, Riverside High Street, Burton-on-Trent (performance at the amphitheatre at 3.30pm)
- Saturday 16th September, Perton Library, Severn Drive, Wolverhampton (procession at 3.10pm)
- Sunday 17th September, Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, Marquis Drive (performance 6pm)
- Monday 18th September, Brampton Museum, Brampton Park, Newcastle-Under-Lyme (performance at 6.30pm)
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:
“This is a great production that will give young people a unique insight into the First World War and its impact on people’s lives. It’s important that young people know about WWI and what legacy it had on local communities. I’m sure the performances will be very popular and we would encourage people to get booked early and come along.”