Un­sung he­roes

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Hun­dreds of Sus­sex school chil­dren have taken part in a new theatre pro­duc­tion that com­mem­o­rates the roles of eth­nic mi­nor­ity sol­diers in World War I.

Trench Brothers com­mem­o­rates the con­tri­bu­tions of eth­nic mi­nor­ity sol­diers dur­ing World War I through mu­sic, theatre and pup­petry. Two large-scale per­for­mances are set to take place on Wed­nes­day 17 Oc­to­ber at Brighton Dome Con­cert Hall and will fea­ture the work of 250 lo­cal school chil­dren.

For this Oc­to­ber’s per­for­mances in Brighton, chil­dren from city pri­mary schools and from Ne­whaven, Lewes and Seaford have worked to­gether to pro­duce a song based on a let­ter that a soldier might have writ­ten home. Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools will also take part in an arte­fact-han­dling ses­sion, re­ceive a visit from an ac­tor play­ing a soldier in the In­dian Army, and spend a day mak­ing pup­pets with artists from the Lit­tle An­gel Theatre.

The pro­duc­tion cen­tres around the British West Indies Reg­i­ment not be­ing per­mit­ted to serve in the front line and in­cor­po­rates the sto­ries of real-life sol­diers who vol­un­teered to serve the British Em­pire.

“Some of our sto­ries fo­cus on he­roes whether sung or un­known, such as Kul­bir Thapa, the first Gurkha to win a VC, or Manta Singh who saved his lieu­tenant’s life by wheel­ing him across no man’s land in a wheel­bar­row,” says HMDT Mu­sic’s cre­ative di­rec­tor and Trench Brothers cre­ator Ter­tia Sefton-green.

The venue for the per­for­mances in Brighton also has sig­nif­i­cant links to World War I, as Ter­tia ex­plains: “The Dome’s his­tory as an In­dian Mil­i­tary hospi­tal com­bined with its prox­im­ity to Seaford, which housed the British West Indies Reg­i­ment (BWIR) Train­ing Camp, made it a per­fect venue to tell this im­por­tant story.”

An in­ter­ac­tive Trench Brothers ex­hi­bi­tion is also cur­rently tak­ing place at Ne­whaven Fort un­til Sun­day, 4 Novem­ber.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures the his­tory of the camp at Seaford, arte­facts, chil­drens art­work and let­ters home.

There will also be a Make a Trench: Art Work­shop, with artist Matt Ed­wards.

For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets visit: brighton­dome.org and hmdt.org.uk

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