Big Response To Theatre Club WW1 Project

theatre town hallThe organiser of an ambitious theatre project marking 100 years since the Battle of the Somme says she is “over the moon” with the response from islanders.

Theatre Club Chairman Gail Sibley appealed for locals to share their First World War family stories. They’ll be incorporated into a locally written theatre performance, which will run next summer.

Gail tells Radio Scilly that she didn’t think anybody would come forward. But so far, nineteen islanders have turned up at the meetings over the last month and many have shared family anecdotes.

One story surrounds a letter received by a mother of a soldier in 1922, seven years after her son was lost in battle.

The government sent on his medals and requested a response acknowledging safe receipt.

Gail says that could form part of the final stage production but added that none of the stories received are “ordinary.”

She’s also uncovered the strong link between the islands and the Anzac forces that travelled to Gallipoli from Australia and New Zealand, and our connections with the former colonies down under may also feature.

The group will now distil the stories into a script and Gail says they’ll make use of professional support offered by former Eastenders scriptwriter Paul Dodgson.

He’s set to work with the project on 11th May, the day after the One Act Play Festival.

Gail says she’s still open to ideas and offers of help from any islander who wants to get involved on stage or behind-the-scenes.