OIdham theatre experience to remember Battle of the Somme

Oldham Theatre Workshop in association with Oldham Local Studies and Archives will be performing their acclaimed immersive theatre experience ‘Sides of Silence: Remembering the Battle of the Somme’ on Saturday, July 1. 

Private R Blomley from Royton

The play follows the journey of a group of men from their home town of Oldham to the battlefields of France.

The performance also commemorates the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the most controversial battles of the First World War.

More than half a million men were killed or wounded during the battle which became notorious for the scale of its casualties and the horrors of the Flanders mud.

A soldier from Royton, Private R. Blomley of the 22nd Manchester Regiment, recorded his experiences in a letter published in the Oldham Standard on 14 July 1916.

The performance lasts about 45 minutes and will take place in the recently refurbished Egyptian Room in the Old Town Hall on Greaves Street.

Maggie Kufeldt, Executive Director of Health and Wellbeing said: “This is a fascinating play which follows the story of a group of men from right here in Oldham.

“The Egyptian Room is a unique and atmospheric space and I’m sure this will be a very powerful and emotive performance.”

There will be three performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm followed by refreshments.

Places are strictly limited so if you would to take part in this unique event please book your place by contacting Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN; tel: 0161 770 4654; e-mail: archives@oldham.gov.uk

There will be a small charge of £2.00 payable on the day.

 

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