WWI anniversary show at Saffron Walden

Maureen Gypps

A SHOW to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War will be performed by Saffron Walden Community Theatre (SWCT) in the Town Hall.

This show, in aid of the Royal British Legion, will illustrate the key moments of the First World War and will include a mixture of music, dance, poetry and drama. It will take place from October 11 to 13.

A public meeting will take place, with the show being the subject for discussion, on Tuesday May 8 at the Kings Arms public house, Saffron Walden at 7.30pm.

Maureen Gypps, choreographer said ‘The actors will be dressed in the period and will perform songs and dances of the era. It isn’t a modern-day show.’

Local people of all ages are being urged to take part in this community project.

SWCT’s chairman, Bob Eastham said: ‘Anybody that’s interested can come along and help.’

There are several roles involved such as the British PM David Lloyd George, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Field Marshall Douglas Haig as well as soldiers, sisters, mothers, daughters, girlfriends and wives. Children will be really important for this show. People are also needed to help back stage and front of house.

A spokeswoman for SWCT said: ‘This is intended to be a real community project and we would like the people from Saffron Walden and surrounding villages to be involved.

‘At a time when there seems to be so much conflict in the world, it is good to remember that wars can be resolved and the 100th anniversary of the end of what was a war of enormous suffering to so many, is something that we should definitely mark and remember.’

 

For more information you can contact 01799 520660 or email [email protected]

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