Voices Of The Past – Sharing Our Future
A unique and intimate evening with local songs and stories of the First World War will come to The Playhouse this weekend.
A partnership of The Junction, Towards Understanding and Healing and Songshed will bring the cultural evening of music, song and drama to The Playhouse tomorrow night at 8pm.
This evening will bring songs and stories which tell of local people tragically lost in World War One, as well as survivors, and audience members will be invited both to reflect back and to move forward at the same time with a deeper understanding of our shared legacy from the First World War.
Joining Songshed founder members Richard Laird and Tracey McRory on stage will be revered local singer-songwriter Roy Arbuckle, singing with the beautifully talented songster, Anne Tracey, Darren Milligan leading pipe player with Sontas, musicians and actors from St Columb’s College, gifted actress and singer Rionach McGlinchey and Christ Church organist Ben McGonigle.
A short film dramatising the ghostly return to the city of the only woman whose name is inscribed upon the Diamond War Memorial, Laura Gailey, will also be premiered on the night. The short film features music specially composed music by Richard Laird and Tracey McRory.
Local community worker Jeanette Warke will introduce a poignant song by the late Sam Starrett, remembering both her grandmother Elizabeth and her grandfather James Mc Bride who perished at the Battle of the Somme.
Also included in the evening’s programme will be the story of Dunree’s Father James McRory who, as a chaplain, served throughout WWI. The mysterious Holy Grail-like story of the chalice that served Father James at the Front, (which has just recently been returned into the safe keeping of the McRory family), will also be dramatised featuring both boys and staff from St Columb’s College- Father James was a student there, at the turn of the 20th century.
“This will be a truly exceptional night of music and drama to mark the local legacy of the First World War” Pauline Ross at The Playhouse said.
“So very many local people were affected by the Great War, and we’re delighted to be the venue for what will be a beautiful night of culture and commemoration.”
Tickets for ‘Voices of the Past – Sharing our Future’ at The Playhouse tomorrow night at 8pm are £8/£6 and can be booked by calling the Playhouse on 028 71268027 or by visiting www.derryplayhouse.co.uk