War plays invade Sedgeford stage, with more further afield

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Building a bridge across time, a brand new play will hit the Sedgeford stage this November as part of the nationwide commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War.

Sedgeford Village Hall will be welcoming nationally acclaimed theatre company, Pentabus, with their remarkable new play, Each Slow Dusk, thanks to Creative Arts East.

The play has been written specifically to tour across rural settings and presents a compelling examination of the action, humanity, and the legacy of war.

Hauntingly powerful performances and skilful writing plunge the audience into a fresh and ‘living’ glimpse of the reality of the time as it charts the experiences of a young farm worker serving on the western front, and links his story to a woman today, coming home to her village after a tour of the battlefields. This is an evocative look at the links of the past to the present.

Each Slow Dusk will be at Sedgeford Village Hall tomorrow at 7.30pm. Suitable for those aged 14 and over, tickets cost £12 and include a glass of wine. Contact the box office to book on 01485 570097 or 01485 579355.

n For those interested in going a little further afield and continuing the commemorative theme, a unique theatre experience will be staged at historic airbase site in Breckland this November.

Old Buckenham Airfield will provide the setting for a production by multi award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles, who will deliver three performances of The Trench.

The live performance and music event will tell the true story of a First World War trench miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One and his epic journey to find his way home.

Creative Arts East’s community touring manager, Karen Kidman, said: “We are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase work by this excellent and pioneering theatre company, especially in such an evocative setting right here in the heart of our region.

“We are incredibly grateful to Old Buckenham Airfield and the dedicated team there who have so generously welcomed us, and are allowing and supporting the company in the use of their very special site.”

She added: “Although the airfield was home to pilots and crew in the World War Two, the atmosphere and setting lends itself perfectly to be the site for this powerful and poignant piece set in World War One.”

It is a very human story, remembering the dreadful cost of what was a previously unparalleled conflict, and we know that audiences will find this a profoundly moving and unforgettable piece of theatre.

The Trench is at Old Buckenham Airfield on Friday, November 21, at 8pm, and Saturday, November 22, at 3pm and 8pm. The show is suitable for adults and children over 12 years. Tickets cost £8 for adults, and £5 for those under 25, call 01953 713390 or go to www.creativeartseast.co.uk to book.