Sedgeford, Brancaster, Docking and Bircham study Archie’s War

Sedgeford pupils re-enact the moment when British and German troops met on the first Christmas in no man's land and shook hands, exchanged gifts and played football.  From left - Charlee (Charlee) Rowbotham, Ben Thaxter, Alfie Thaxter, Marcell'e-Rose (Marcell'e-Rose) Howlett, Kyran Baldock, Oliver Wallace, Noah Steptoe and Amber Curry MLNF14PB11015 ANL-140711-151741001
Sedgeford pupils re-enact the moment when British and German troops met on the first Christmas in no man's land and shook hands, exchanged gifts and played football. From left - Charlee (Charlee) Rowbotham, Ben Thaxter, Alfie Thaxter, Marcell'e-Rose (Marcell'e-Rose) Howlett, Kyran Baldock, Oliver Wallace, Noah Steptoe and Amber Curry MLNF14PB11015 ANL-140711-151741001
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Four primary schools have come together to put on a play about the First World War based on a BBC Radio children’s drama Archie’s War.

It involves pupils from Brancaster, Sedgeford, Docking and Bircham’s St. George.

The Sedgeford school cast for Archie's War at their final rehearsal'Photo: MLNF14PB11014 ANL-140711-151730001

The Sedgeford school cast for Archie's War at their final rehearsal'Photo: MLNF14PB11014 ANL-140711-151730001

The idea came up at a schools’ meeting,” said Sedgeford teacher, Peter Johnson. “We thought it would be a good idea for the four schools to work together.”

The schools put in a successful joint bid to the Lottery Heritage Fund which has covered the cost of hiring halls, the involvement of musician, John Lawrence, and school visits by Timetrippers, an organisation that brings history to life.

The Lottery money also enabled pupils to visit Dreamy Hollows at Bircham to see recently discovered First World War training trenches and covered the costs involved in researching the whole project.

Each school rehearsed separately with Mr Johnson producing at Sedgeford, Aly Roxburgh at Brancaster and Cath Smith at Docking and St. George’s.

Sedgeford pupils rehearse 'It's a long Way to Tipperary' with musician, John Lawrence.  From left - Mani (Mani) Webb, Zac (Zac) Thaxter, Xander (Xander) Hawkins, Olivia Raines, Arthur Loose and Nathaniel May'MLNF14PB11016 ANL-140711-151752001

Sedgeford pupils rehearse 'It's a long Way to Tipperary' with musician, John Lawrence. From left - Mani (Mani) Webb, Zac (Zac) Thaxter, Xander (Xander) Hawkins, Olivia Raines, Arthur Loose and Nathaniel May'MLNF14PB11016 ANL-140711-151752001

The play is seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Archie Dobson who, through the course of the war, learns to understand the realities of the conflict graphically brought home to him when his older cousin, Walter, enlists and is killed.

Sedgeford and Brancaster put on a public performances of the play last Thursday and Friday in their respective their village halls.

Docking and St. George’s will do put on their performance on Friday in Docking.

All the schools are to combine to put on a final performance at Hunstanton town hall on Thursday, November 20.