A trilogy of Shows Commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1.
Staged by members of Central Youth Theatre young people and members of the Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir as part of Armed Forces Day in Wolverhampton.
It is November 1918, the war is over and men and women who have endured the last four years, serving their country in so many different ways, must now pick up their lives and go back to some semblance of “normal” life. But so much has changed – how can individuals and the communities of Wolverhampton re-build and adapt to a new reality. If They Ask Us, We’ll Never Tell Them, is a trilogy of shows developed through research into the stories of every day people – who’s lives weren’t so very extra-ordinary but echoed those of so many others up and down the land as Britain celebrated the end of the war to end all wars
10am - Down our Street. Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street.
As the war nears its end, Wolverhampton was a very different place and the families living in Rugby Street were very different people recovering from lives ravaged by war. This half hour performance will be followed by a short recital of WW1 songs by the Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir.
11.15pm & 12.45pm - Roses of Wolverhampton. The Courtyard, Living @ Sunbeam Paul St, Wolverhampton.
What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in." - David Lloyd George. In November 1918 the war is over, but inside the Wolverhampton and Staffordshire General Hospital, the battle rages on. 'Roses of Wolverhampton' explores the aftermath of "the War to end all Wars" through the eyes of nurses and their patients. (Please note this is an open-air performance)
2.30pm & 4.30pm - The Forgotten Returned. St Peters Collegiate Church, Exchange Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TS.
It’s 1918 and there are rumours of an Armistice on the Western Front. The last four years have seen thousands of men lose their life in the Great War. But what of the men who survive the battlefields? They signed up as boys and will return home as broken men, struggling to comprehend a future they never dreamed they would live to see and a country that has been altered forever.
During those desperate years, those at the front lived as if they would die tomorrow. When Voluntary Aid Detachment worker Rose meets an injured English soldier, their futures are changed forever. ‘The dead, they are remembered. The returned, we are forgotten.’
See one show for £6 or £4 concessions
See two shows for £10 or £7 concessions
See all three shows for £14 or £10 concessions