A new musical theatre production telling the story of the thousands of women workers who came to HM Factory Gretna during the First World War.
This production draws on images from the period in a combination of filmed pieces and live drama.
29th May 2015, 7.30pm – St Andrews Church, Gretna SOLD OUT
30th May 2015, 7.30pm – St Andrews Church, Gretna SOLD OUT
5th June 2015, 7.30pm – Eastriggs Social Club, Eastriggs SOLD OUT
6th June 2015, 7.30pm – The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm SOLD OUT
13th June 2015, 7.30pm – Greyfriars Church, Dumfries
18th June 2015, 7.30pm – The Undercroft, Carlisle Railway Station, Carlisle SOLD OUT
19th June 2015, 7.30pm – The Undercroft, Carlisle Railway Station, Carlisle SOLD OUT
26th July 2015 7.00pm – The Steamie@Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, Govanhill, Glasgow SOLD OUT
Performance time : 120 minutes + Interval.
Writer & Producer – Christopher Jones
Director – Judith Johnson
Research Associate – Dr. Christopher Brader
Choreography – Emma Jayne Park
Scenics – David Proudfoot
Stage – Amber Bethune, Beth Smith, Bob McLure, Callum Jeffery, Darren Bell, Ellie Rose Smith ,Glen Cavers, Judith Johnson, Katie McCall, Leona Evans, Mary Hinds, Nicky Henderson,Rebecca Jackson, Ruth Bell, Sadie Cooper
Film – Alex Carpenter, Craig Peacock, Emma Hyslop, Farish Redpath, Jodie Bird, Leah Lockhart ,Les Murray, Michelle Sterling, Rebecca Martin, Scott McCarthy
Voice – Gordon Swindlehurst
Production – Dan Walters, Chris Jones, Beth Smith, Darren Bell, Glen Cavers, Neil Cavers, Denise Cumming, Bryony Graham, Andrew Jones, Hazel Jeffery, Eleanor Oswald, Steve Oswald
Music – Oliver Jones, Phil Cunningham MBE
Film – Tony Grant, PL Productions
Hair Styling -Jackie Beckett
Props – Elaine Cavers
Costume – Tricia Little, Val Ewens, Liz Brader, Val Walker
Make up – Liz Forsyth, Emma Forsyth
Research Acknowledgements – Dr. Christopher Brader – Cumbria Archive Service, Professor Angela Woollacott – The Australian National University, Gordon L Routledge – Historian, Dr. Andrew Maunder – University of Hertfordshire
Historians who have supported our project: Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Dr Martin Pugh, Dr. Christopher Brader, Gordon L Routledge, The Women’s Library – London School of Economics, Ministry of Defence – Defence Equipment & Support, Cumbria Archive Service, The Devil’s Porridge Museum, Dumfries & Galloway Archive Service, Carlisle County Library, Tullie House Museum, Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser for newspaper archive, Annandale Observer for newspaper archive, Mark Warby – The Bruce Bairnsfather Society
The communities of Gretna, Springfield, Eastriggs, Langholm and beyond, who have attended our talks and participated in community events.
Members of Centre Stage Theatre Music Group who have performed and entertained audiences across the region for the last two years.
The many community spirited businesses throughout the region who have kindly publicised our events.
Production Acknowledgements – The West Walls Theatre – Carlisle, FTS Dyers, Langholm – Dyeing Fabric
S & H Cope, Doncaster – Canteen Benches, The Globe Tavern, Longtown – Original 1916 Furniture, Stead McAlpin, Carlisle – Fabric, Ministry of Defence – Defence Equipment & Support, Neil Cavers – Transport, Students of Dumfries Academy – Scenic Painting
Venues – Richard Greenhow Centre – Gretna, The Anvil Hall – Gretna, The Masonic Lodge – Langholm, The Community Centre – Langholm, Greyfriars Church – Dumfries, Eastriggs Social Club, The Buccleuch Centre – Langholm, Virgin Rail – Carlisle, The Lanes – Carlisle, The Steamie@ Govanhill Baths – Glasgow
Image Acknowledgments – Imperial War Museums, RIBA Library Photographs Collection, The British Library, English Heritage, Cumbria Image Bank, Beamish Museum, County Durham, Musée Quentovic, Étaples-sur-Mer
Thanks to the many people who have sent us images and information to assist our research.
Thanks to Visit Flanders – The Flemish Government for copies of The Flanders Fields Post and Poppy Seeds
First World War: then and now