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Play marks conflict’s centenary
4:29pm Friday 25th April 2014 in News
A play about the First World War will be performed in Riddlesden and Cononley next month.
Touring theatre group the Jay Walkers are presenting Not About Heroes to commemorate the centenary of the start of the war.
Actors have chosen venues that are also war memorials, and their programme will commemorate the names of villagers who died in the war.
The play, written by Stephen MacDonald, portrays the wartime meeting between Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen while they were both in hospital suffering from shell shock.
Sassoon nurtured the writing talents of the young Owen, who went on to become the greatest of Britain’s war poets.
A Jay Walkers spokesman said: “This piece of theatre is based upon their friendship – it is warm and funny, poignant and moving.
“Two real men come alive before our eyes and we are able to share their humour, their frustration, their fear and their bravery.
“You will be moved and amused in equal measure – the best kind of theatre!”
The poets are played by Keighley resident Matthew Gardner, who has performed with both Keighley Playhouse and Keighley Amateurs, and experienced Skipton actor David Nicholson.
The play is directed by Jamesine Cundell-Walker, who has helmed the annual Keighley Amateurs musical for the past five years.
Richard Walsh, chairman of the Riddlesden Memorial Institute committee, said he was delighted the hall was hosting the event.
He said: “This will help us all reflect on the momentous events of 100 years ago.
“Further commemoration events are planned at the institute, including a talk by Ian Dewhirst and an exhibition.”
Not About Heroes will be performed at 7.30pm at Old Pool Bank Village Hall on May 2, Kettlewell Village Hall (May 3), Riddlesden Memorial Institute (May 9) and Cononley Village Institute (May 10).
Half the door takings will go to the upkeep of the halls, and a raffle will raise funds for the British Legion and Help for Heroes. Tickets cost £7. Visit thejaywalkers.co.uk or call 01756 760302.
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