After the box office success of Silent Night, the city company return to Chester for their latest original piece For The Fallen.
Written by Helen Newall with a new musical score by Matt Baker and soundscape by Karen Lauke, this innovative piece encompasses verbatim fragments of letters and postcards and many images collected during the Cheshire Great War Roadshow in 2014.
This piece follows on from the national award-winning Over by Christmas, which toured railway stations across the country in 2014 to mark the beginning of the centenary commemorations in 2014.
In the same year, the company received national acclaim for its tour of Silent Night which told the story of the Cheshire soldiers in the lead up to the truce on Christmas Eve 1914.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, For The Fallen is a pilot project which Theatre in the Quarter hopes to develop into a fully fledged stage production in 2018 with mass choir, stunning projection and a company of actors.
Artistic director Matt Baker said: “This production aims to mark the ‘letting go into eternity’ all of the memories of those people in Cheshire who lived through and served in the Great War. We hope people will come along and see this work in progress so that we can mount a very moving conclusion to the commemorations of this dreadful time in history.”
He added: “This piece aims to be a truly immersive experience with images collated from the Cheshire area, real diary entries and letters and with a brand new score and innovative soundscape which we hope will really capture the true essence of Cheshire during this poignant period of history.”
Helen Newall and Matt Baker have been working with a group of aspiring young creatives from Cheshire this summer to develop the script and bring it to life alongside a large community choir who have been learning a new 2018 Requiem composed by Matt Baker.
With rehearsals already under way, the public sharings will take place on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3 at 8pm, at St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester.
There will be short feedback sessions after so that the company can listen to opinions and reactions from the audiences. The performances are free.
The key aim of these performances is to enable Theatre in the Quarter to explore possibilities and to plan ahead for the following two years in preparation for the larger scale production.
More information can be found at www.theatreinthequarter.co.uk.