Arts4Rutland: a Commemoration of WW1 in Oakham on 14 November

Arts for Rutland present a WW1 Commemoration  at Rutland County Museum on November 14th at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 from Rutland County Museum and on the door.

The performance starts with readings from Letters of a Lost Generation  edited by Alan Bishop and Mark Bostridge (1998) are read by permission of Mark Bostridge and T.J. Brittain-Catlin, Literary Executors for the Estate of Vera Brittain 1970.  These are a selection of letters written between Vera Brittain and three young men all who went to Uppingham School. These young men all enlisted very soon after the start of WW1 and the letters describe in their own words their experiences of life in the trenches.

This is followed by After the Ball by Lynn Brittney, a powerful One Act play performed by actors from local theatrical groups. The play examines the effect of war on serving officers and their loved ones set around an annual ball held by the family and is very moving and thought provoking.

Then there will be a selection of poems from 1914 read by the cast. A Recording of Wildflower Meadows especially written for the Mobilisation event at Kendrew Barracks in June will be played. There is also be an exhibition by Oakham Town Council coordinated by Adam Lowe with memorabilia and artefacts of Oakham’s involvement in WW1. The Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff are attending and it promises to be an evening of remembrance and locally produced dramatic performances.

Further information from Joy Everitt, Arts for Rutland on 723 393

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