On the 1st July 2016, Richmond Riverside was transported back to 1916 as part of a promenade dance theatre piece, delivered by the Richmond Arts Service, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
The piece, created by choreographer Sarah Dowling, followed characters (based on local women contributing to the war effort) as they received devastating news from the Front Lines. Visitors to the Riverside encountered a series of tents in which they could write a postcard for soldiers at the front, or join the efforts of the Red Cross. The piece culminated in performers, dancers and members of the public bringing tokens – to represent the lives lost – to lay at the Richmond War Memorial.
Images: (C) Alicia Clarke