A pop-up exhibition exploring theatrical entertainment in Richmond upon Thames during the First World War is to go on tour at the end of this month, appearing in local libraries, colleges and theatres.
After Tipperary brings century old theatre and cinema to life, and explores the range of entertainments available to Richmond residents during WW1 – from music hall, plays and films, to the more bizarre acrobatics and ventriloquist acts. The exhibition also examines the role of theatre in recruitment drives for the armed services, and the healing role entertainment had to play in the Borough’s many convalescent homes for wounded soldiers.
The exhibition follows on from a successful tour of the J.M. Barrie play A Well-Remembered Voice. The play, not seen for almost 100 years, deals with loss and mourning as a family come to terms with the death of their son, Jack, in the war. More than 200 people came to the stirring performances of A Well-Remembered Voice, produced by Io Theatre and the Centre for Everyday Lives in War.
The After Tipperary exhibition will be available to view at the Richmond Theatre from the of 4th November and at the Richmond Adult Community College from the 11th November. For a full list of venues and dates, visit www.richmond.gov.uk/ww1. The exhibition has been made possible thanks to a fantastic team of volunteer researchers, whose work will be compiled in a publication later this year.
For more information on the After Tipperary project, please contact First World War Outreach Coordinator, Daniella Hadley at Daniella.Hadley@richmond.gov.uk.
After Tipperary is delivered in partnership between Richmond Arts Service and the Centre for Everyday Lives in War, and has been made possible thanks to funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council funds world class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects. For further information on the AHRC, visit www.ahrc.ac.uk.