The tales of Warrington people affected by the Great War were shared through a unique performance as theatrical ensemble “Not Too Tame” left onlookers in tears with their moving production.
As part of Warrington’s programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, the special, live performance took place at the Old Market Place, Golden Square.
Using actual letters and stories from local people from between 1914 and 1918 the powerful and moving street theatre event brought home some of the horrors faced by Warringtonians, not only soldiers but using the viewpoints of mothers, wives, girlfriends and even a conscientious objector. Audience members were visibly moved to tears, especially during a monologue depicting a Mothers grief at the passing of her son.
Created by award-winning theatre company, Not Too Tame, and made possible thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, the performance saw local volunteers – many of whom have never acted before – joining professional actors. In only 6 weeks of rehearsal the cast breathed life into their characters and gave a magnificent performance to the gathered crowds.
The volunteers – aged from 18 to 70 – came forward following a search from Not Too Tame for local people, to take part in the production. They come from all walks of life, from joiners to IT professionals.
The event was poignantly underscored by live music from Dean Fairhurst, lead singer of celebrated local band Sly Digs, who performed a mixture of original music and covers. Musical entertainment was also provided around the two performances by various renditions of period classic tunes.
Jimmy Fairhurst, Director at Not Too Tame, said: “We’re really excited to be joining the World War I commemorations with this special performance. It has been fantastic to bring professional actors together with amateurs – most of whom have not done this type of thing before.
“The volunteers have shown fantastic commitment, coming to three-hour rehearsals, twice a week, to help us create something special. We have a wide range of people – one who has just turned 18, and others in their 30’s and 40’s, right up to people in their 60’s. They have knitted together incredibly well, and are already like a family.
“We have worked with Warrington Museum to uncover a wealth of local war stories, as well as capturing the family stories of our volunteers, and we are looking forward to bringing these stories to life for the people of Warrington. Our aim is to create a modern, beautiful, lyrical experience which makes the past relevant.”
Not Too Tame are a multi award winning theatre company who work in ensemble. They are firmly founded on the belief of ‘Theatre for All’, focusing specifically on creating work that breaks the boundaries of tame, polite theatre and engages those who feel that theatre isn’t for them. If you would like to become involved in future productions please click here for more information
Live video from the Old Market Square where Theatre group Not To Tame are performing their cultural offering of the life and times of Warrington people during WW1
Posted by Warrington worldwide on Saturday, November 3, 2018