An evening of poetry, prose and song for Remembrance Day
This is a one-night show for Remembrance
Sunday, with the strong possibility
of its being repeated as a regular event
at this time of year. It is therefore simple and "portable" in form. A
small number of readers/singers, in
evening dress, deliver a sequence of
poems and songs from fixed positions at
lecterns. Over 100 slides, plus sound
effects, provide an audio-visual
backdrop and visual "comment".
"Remembrance" is a commemorative
piece written for Remembrance Day.
Its basic idea is a juxtaposition of
images of the English countryside
with those of the battlefield.
consists of 9 readers and singers,
with a backstage crew of 7.
Poetry and songs about the English countryside flow
into those of war, in a sequence which parallels
spring-summer-autumn-winter-spring with a human
journey from hope, through life, to deep war and
back to a kind of "chastened hope". The writers
quoted are as diverse as Milton, Gray, Browning and
Houseman for the rural content and we were able to
include a number of unfamiliar war poems in addition
to the usual Sassoons and Owens! The songs are of
both folk and concert idiom. The aim is to remind
the audience of the experience of parents and
grandparents this century and to evoke what Wilfred
Owen called "the pity of war"! The piece will probably be repeated in future,
under the aegis of the British Legion.
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