Prism Arts Studio Theatre commemorate the Battle of the Somme with Heritage Lottery fund

29th June 2016

Prism Arts has received £9,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme. The project will enable Studio Theatre members to research the impact of World War I on the people of Carlisle. This research will form the basis of a unique theatre production ‘Tales of a Long Conflict’, that will tour the county in November 2016 and mark the Somme’s centenary year.

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July 1st marks 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, with heavy shelling and fighting that continued for 140 days. During the battle, the British Army suffered around 420,000 casualties, with the first day of fighting being the biggest loss of life in Army history totalling almost 60,000 fallen soldiers.

‘Tales of a Long Conflict, will be adapted from real stories from the front line of the First World War.  The play will have particular reference to the Battle of the Somme and the soldiers and families of the Border Regiment.

The performance will be developed by the 15 members of Studio Theatre Company, including young people and adults with disabilities, and professional theatre practitioners from Carlisle and the surrounding areas.  With rehearsals once a week, company members will research, devise, produce and perform all aspects of the play.

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Project research will include visits to Carlisle’s Museum of Military Life, Tullie House Museum and ArtGaller y and The Devils Porridge Museum in Gretna Green to reveal the conditions of war, with particular reference to the Battle of the Somme and the soldiers and families of the Border Regiment.

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“Heritage Lottery Fund  will allow Prism Arts Studio Theatre to work with partners like the Cumbria Military Museum adding depth and quality to their research and storytelling.  From design of uniform and costume to researching letters sent from the front, company members will be able to explore the impact of war on families and communities.  I have no doubt that the work they produce will be moving and powerful, all the more so thanks to this funding”.

Catherine Coulthard, Director Prism Arts. 

‘Tales of a Long Conflict’ can be seen this November at Theatre by the Lake, Rosehill on the Road, The Brewery Arts Centre, The Old Fire Station Carlisle, and with a capsule performance at Carlisle Castle for Armistice Day.  To find out more about this project and our performance dates see www.prismarts.org.uk/whats-on/tlc

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