Breakaway’s war poetry tribute is based on St Albans people who lived at the time


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A tribute is being paid to those who lived and died in World War One when Breakaway Theatre Company put on a play celebrating the famous war poems of the time.

In Commemoration of the Great War: Living Poetry can be seen at the Maltings Arts Theatre this Saturday, November 7, and next Wednesday, November 11 with an additional performance on Sunday, November 8, at Trinity Church in St Albans. All start at 7.30pm.

Breakaway wanted to pay tribute to those involved in the Great War as part of the 100th anniversary years and director Chris Davis rose to the challenge, creating a play around the poetry of the time.

He did a lot of research into life, both in the trenches and in St Albans itself, and the production, set in 2015, is based on St Albans people of the time.

One is the Rev F. H. Wheeler, Vicar of Trinity Church during the war, and another is editor and reporter Harry Carrington who worked for the Herts Advertiser in 1915 and provides news bites from the publication at the time during the production.

The play is suitable for children, particularly those in Year 8 who are studying the war poems, as well as anyone who wants to remember and honour all those who participated in the war.

A donation of £1 from every ticket will be made to the charity Combat Stress.

Tickets are £13 with over 60s and under 16s £10 and they can be obtained from here for the Maltings Theatre performances and here for the Trinity Church performance.