It’s “Lights Out” at World of Wedgwood, for a very special evening of recollection, poetry and song at The Wedgwood Museum.
On Wednesday 11th May 2016, the talented trio MUSE (Richard Frewer, singer; David Price, pianist and Andrew Bannerman, reader) will present their programme “Lights Out” about the Great War.
Through poetry, song, letters and recollections, we are taken into the minds and hearts of those who lived and died in this cataclysm, which engulfed Europe and beyond.
1914 – 1918 “Lights Out” is not a solemn commemoration, but an eclectic mixture of tragedy, irony, pathos and even farce, featuring some of our greatest poets and composers including Edward Thomas, Thomas Hardy, Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as some of the unknown men and women, who bore witness to the heroism and agony of the time.
World War I had an enormous impact on both the Wedgwood family and the pottery manufacturing company. Cecil Wedgwood DSO, (1863 -1916) had served with distinction in the Boer War but with the outbreak of hostilities in Europe raised two Battalions the 7th and 8th North Stafford’s from both the factory employees and the surrounding villages which he trained before they went to the front line in France. Typically, he chose to serve in the trenches alongside his men. He was shot by a sniper at La Boiselle, commanding the 8th Regiment on 3rd July 1916 and was described by his comrades as ‘One of England’s Best’.
“Lights Out” has already been performed to enthusiastic audiences and rave reviews in London, Bath and Cambridge. A typical comment is;
“The emotions of the Great War were superbly covered – from the exuberant early days, through the humour and songs to boost morale and recruitment, the uneasy doubts, the horrible reality of battle, to the silence of grief and loss at the end.”
The evening will commence at 7pm with a wine and canapé reception followed by the “Lights Out” performances starting at 7.30pm with a short interval, finishing at approximately 9pm.
Tickets cost £15 per person and must be purchased in advance at World of Wedgwood by calling 01782 282986. Numbers are limited for this unique event so please book early to avoid disappointment. Suitable for all ages over 14.
For more information about the “Lights Out” evening event at the award-winning World of Wedgwood please visit www.worldofwedgwood.com, call 01782 282 986 or email email@example.com