WWI events 2014


undefinedTwo special theatre and music events to commemorate Word War 1 are to tour our area soon, including some to be staged in church premises. Others will take place at railway stations (from where so many of the troops departed 100 years ago).

'Silent Night' is a play with music which tells the story of the Christmas Eve truce of 1914 (symbolised by our PICTURE, right), told through the experiences of a group of Cheshire soldiers and the families they left behind. It’s a heart-warming production featuring archive images, original music and popular songs from the era.

It’s on at St Mary’s Centre, Chester on Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November, and at St Alban’s church, Tattenhall, on Sunday 2 November. Check local venues for times and ticket information or visit

'Over By Christmas' is a commemoration, featuring words and songs from the war which capture the spirit of optimism and patriotism of soldiers leaving for the front in autumn 1914. A community choir of  ‘soldiers’, ‘nurses’ and their loved ones will recreate the departure at railway stations across Cheshire (and some other venues),  accompanied by live musicians.

It is part of the Imperial War Museum’s World War 1 centenary project. Admission is free. 'Over By Christmas' is on at Ellesmere Port station on Thursday 11 September, at 9.30amm, 10.30am and 11.30am; then at Little Sutton station (Ellesmere Port platform) at 1.25.pm and 2.25pm. On Friday 12 September the show is on at Poynton Community Centre at 11am and at Handforth Royal British Legion at 2pm.

http://theatreinthequarter.co.uk/over-by-christmas for details.  

Both productions are staged by Theatre in the Quarter – the Chester-based drama company.

Also click on the poppies icon for World War 1 Commemorations (below right) for more information and some useful resources.

Depicted below - the scene at many railway stations across the country 100 years ago, when troops left for the front in the belief that the war would be ‘Over by Christmas’