As part of this year’s Great War commemorations, BLT are presenting their own unique evening of performance readings transcribed from messages between soldiers in action during WW1 and WW2 and their families, from letters and diaries, all with local Bolton connections.
BLT member Michael Tatman has devised and created Messages from original documents and material very kindly entrusted to him by relatives of those who wrote these engaging, touching and inevitably, sometimes devastating stories, including Bolton Little Theatre members Elizabeth Tatman, Harold Smith, Peter Ward and Michael Haworth. They will be joined by Michael, Carol Butler, Rebecca Cook and Marc Lyth in presenting these dramatic and extremely touching tales of everyday soldiers and their families with unlikely and surprising connections.
The title for the evening is taken from a famous WW1 poem by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson that was read by Michael at Bolton Parish Church on the 100th anniversary that Britain entered the war on August 4th 1914, and which he shall be reading again in the Albert Hall at the Remembrance Concert on November 8th 2014.
Forge Theatre, 14 November 2014, 7.30pm
Tickets £10 from 01024 469468
Bolton Little Theatre are delighted once again to welcome Five Saints ATC to Hanover Street with their main stage production of the hit musical "Rent".
Critically acclaimed and one of the longest running Broadway musicals, Rent is loosely based on the opera La Boheme. With music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, it tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Boheman Alphabet City.
Tues 14 October - Saturday 18 October, 2014, 7.30pm
BOX OFFICE 07786 725255
Serjeant Musgrave and his small band of men arrive in an impoverished northern coal town, ostensibly on a recruiting drive It is also suspected that they have been dispatched to break up a strike. But Musgrave and his men are deserters, traumatised by atrocities witnessed in a nameless colonial conflict. Musgrave is tormented by remorse over a soldier's death, and the killing of five men in a reprisal by British forces. Now, insisting that his actions are sanctioned by the same divinely unimpeachable logic, he holds the snow-bound town hostage.
John Arden's intense, powerful play is set against a background of nineteenth-century imperialist conflict and is acknowledged as one of the most important works to explore the futility of war.
Sjt Musgrave's Dance is directed by Sandra Simspon and opens on Saturday 1st November with a matinee performance on Sunday 2nd November.
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