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War and Peace - Tales of love, loyalty and loss from the First World War by Bella Hardy, Findlay Napier and Greg Russell

In the centenary year of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and the Peace celebrations that followed in Doncaster and across the country, this project remembers the stories of those who fought, those who refused to fight, and those left behind. Internationally renowned singer-songwriters Findlay Napier, Bella Hardy and Greg Russell present an intimate evening of storytelling and song, inspired by stories from the archives, and those collected from Doncaster people through Doncaster 1914-18.

The first performance in May will be a very special Museums at Night show at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster where the work will be presented with projections from visual art specialist Wayne Sables, bringing to life the personal stories and original objects which inspired the songs. This show will be followed in June with a short run of dates in Doncaster, Shrewsbury and London.

Wayne is also producing 2 short films documenting the process of the songs, from archive to performance.

Jude Holland, project manager for Doncaster 1914-18 said “Throughout the centenary, Doncaster people have been getting in touch with Doncaster 1914-18 to share hundreds of amazing family stories of love, loss, camaraderie and community spirit. Stories like that of the Wheatley soldier, Albert John Drury, whose life was saved by the cigarette tin in his top pocket, and who brought back his faithful dog, Armentiers Vic, all the way from the trenches of the Western Front to Doncaster. Also, of those of Doncaster conscientious objectors like Oswald Clark who refused to fight and were sent to prison as a result. We’re really excited to see how Findlay, Bella and Greg bring these stories to life through song.”

Greg Russell, said of the project, “I’m so looking forward to War & Peace. We’ve already had a fascinating day with three historians and many sources, archives and artefacts at Doncaster Museum learning about and gathering so many amazing stories from this fantastic area. I can’t wait to turn these stories into songs and bring them to a wider audience.”

The project, supported by Arts Council England, is a partnership between Doncaster 1914-18, Sounds Just Fine, and Heritage Doncaster.

15th May
Museums at Night. Cusworth Hall, Doncaster. 6:30pm
Tickets £10 Available in person from Cusworth Hall, Cusworth Lane, Doncaster, DN5 7TU
or tel. 01302 782342

4th June
Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, London. 7:30pm
Tickets £14

5th June
Cast Theatre, Doncaster. 7:45pm
Tickets £13

7th June
The Hive, Shrewsbury. 7:45pm
Tickets £12