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Published on Nov 26, 2015
Arc Theatre presents 'Our Street: Patriotism and Violence' a First World War Centenary project in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
In November 2013, Arc Theatre was awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a two-year community project for the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage. Our Street: Patriotism and Violence was designed in consultation with a steering group of young people, exploring and assembling experiences of the Borough’s World War One heritage, including patriotism and violence to the present day, as part of the WWI Centenary Commemorations.
In January 2014, a core group of over 20 students aged 13 and over from Dagenham’s Jo Richardson Community School were recruited onto a 32-week history and drama-based workshop programme running from January to July 2014 and continuing from January to October 2015. Led by Arc’s Artistic Director and Project Director Clifford Oliver and Trainee Project Coordinator Zalika Henry, over the course of the two-year period, a total of 56 young people from the Borough participated in the project.
Sessions focused on local stories of the First World War through engagement with the Borough’s archives, historians and key literature from the period. Participants were also encouraged to engage with older residents to talk about the impact of the Great War on their way of lives, as well as contemporary experiences from later generations of the Borough’s diverse community. The work was documented using a variety of methods for presentation, including exhibition, film, resource material and live dramatisation. The resulting exhibition went on to tour the Borough in 2015, reflecting participants’ personal experiences of the changing nature of patriotism and violence from WWI until the present day and stories collected from around the Borough.
A specially created Education Resource is available for teachers to work on WWI themes with their students in the classroom, which can be downloaded from Arc Theatre's website here: http://www.arctheatre.com/resources/A...
Here is the Our Street: Patriotism & Violence film, filmed and edited by Katie Snooks and Andrew Brindley for Arc Theatre.