Merry It Was To Laugh There
Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1JG
Friday 4 July 2014 8pm
Tickets £13.50 Concessions £12.00
Box Office 01245 606505
Jubilant Productions present Merry It Was To Laugh There, a poignant and evocative reflection on World War 1, using poetry and diaries written during the global conflict. Merry It Was… comes to the Cramphorn Theatre in Chelmsford on Friday 4 July at 8pm.
Merry It Was… marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Weaving together poetry, songs and diaries with archive imagery and pertinent facts about the lives of the men who were fighting and the women waiting for their return, Merry It Was… acknowledges the legacy of the written word which stands as a powerful archive of the experiences of ordinary men and women.
A devised piece, it captures the realities of war reminding us of the universal and enduring nature of the emotions expressed whilst acknowledging the unique and unimaginable conditions and situations of that time.
Merry It Was… moves from the poetry of the early war and the poet soldiers such as Wilfred Owen to the words of the soldier poets such as Woodbine Willy writing Trench poetry. It draws on the diaries of a serving soldier and gives a voice to those poems written by women who were finding a new role to play in the world while their men were fighting at the Front. It is an evocative, moving, at times funny, at times tragic, depiction of real life experiences of the war to end all wars.
Performed by two actors of great experience and depth, Christine Absalom (Radio 4, Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and Tim Freeman (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Merry It Was... is a must for all who lovers of poetry, students of history and those who wish to learn from the past.
Tickets for Merry It Was To Laugh There are on sale now and cost £13.50 concessions £12. Book today by calling 01245 606505 or online at http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres