Blackheath charity’s play tells true stories of Children of the Great War

Blackheath charity’s play tells true stories of Children of the Great War

Ralph Gooding, from Mottingham, holding a picture of his father who survived The battles of the Somme, Arras and Passchendaele.

Bible of soldier Alf Lowen carried into battle with pressed copy at Corinthians shared as part of Age Exchange Children of the Great war

‘Students from St Matthew’s Academy, Belmont Hill, in rehearsal for Age Exchange Production The Children of the Great War’

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , leisure editor

A daughter's treasured letter sent by her father from the trenches Christmas 1917 will be read as a monologue in a new production celebrating the centenary of the First World War.

Children of the Great War was made from 127 filmed interviews over 18 months at venues across London, including Greenwich and Bexley Hospice, by Blackheath-based charity Age Exchange.

It will be performed at Bridewell Theatre in East London on August 1 and 2.

Artistic director David Savill said: “Every word spoken in the play is taken directly from the interviews.

“I didn't want the production to be a history lesson but the personal stories of families on the Home Front affected by those who served in the Great War.”

Some of the people interviewed had never shared their stories before, David said, and it was emotional for them.

He said: “Some service personnel did come home from the War, but others didn't - and we have many sad and moving stories on record, including one family where all of the children were sent to the workhouse because their widowed mother could no longer afford to keep them.”

Ten people will perform their own words in the play which features a series of vignettes interspersed with music, song and dance. Pupils from St Matthew's Academy and Plumstead Manor Schools also appear.

Tickets cost £5. E-mail or call 020 83189105.





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