AHRC to fund WW1 Theatre Project

As part of a wider programme of First World War commemoration in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, the AHRC has awarded a grant for a new project ‘After Tipperary: Theatrical Entertainment and the First World War in Richmond’. The project will be delivered as a partnership between the Arts Service and the University of Hertfordshire; and aims to bring First World War theatre back to life and to help the local community engage with new ways of understanding life on the Home Front during the First World War.

NPG x228; J.M. Barrie by George Charles Beresford

J. M Barrie by George Charles Beresford, 1902 – Public Domain

Local volunteers will be recruited to assist with the research aspects of the project, which will focus upon local theatres, cinemas and war-time hospitals and convalescent homes as sources of entertainment on the Home Front. A pop up exhibition is planned which will tour the Borough, with accompanying leaflets and online resources. In addition, J. M. Barrie’s 1918 play A Well-Remembered Voice (which deals with spiritualism and the loss of young life during WW1) will be brought back to life via touring stage performances, and a community drama piece will be written and performed in response to the conflict. The productions will be accompanied by a schools programme and teaching resources.

To find out more about the project, or WW1 Commemoration in the Borough, contact Daniella Hadley on 0208 831 6451, or email Daniella.hadley@richmond.gov.uk.

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You can also visit: http://www.richmond.gov.uk/ww1

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to:www.ahrc.ac.uk

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