Silent Night

Silent Night PORTRAIT1

Chester-based Theatre in the Quarter (TIQ) continues its association with the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary Progamme with Silent Night, the incredible story of events leading up to the Christmas Eve truce of 1914. The production will tour to a total of 24 venues in Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Yorkshire this autumn. 

It’s the evening of 24 December 1914 on the Western Front. Along the miles of trenches, wet and freezing men face each other in stalemate. Then, over the temporary halt in gunfire, voices from both sides of No Man’s Land begin to talk, sing and break the silent night… 

At once moving and entertaining, Silent Night brings to life the human storiesof a group of Cheshire soldiers and the families they left behind. Against a backdrop of archive images, original music and popular songs from the era, Silent Night vividly portrays events surrounding the historic moment when the guns stopped. 

Helen Newall is TIQ’s Writer-in-Residence. An acclaimed playwright and librettist, Helen is also a Reader in Performing Arts at Edge Hill University and maker of sound and visual installation work. Emma Lucia is an Associate Director at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, where her credits include Ghosts, Arms And The Man, Copenhagen, Educating Rita, God Of Carnage, A Doll’s House, Shakespeare’s Will and Oleanna.  Other recent work includes: A History of Falling Things(New Vic Theatre); A Journey Through Cornish Poetry, Prose And Music with Susan Penhaligon; and Richard Bucket Overflows with Clive Swift (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and national tour).  Judith Croft has worked extensively in the North West, including many productions as Head of Design for the Library Theatre, Manchester; twelve Rock and Roll Pantos for Clwyd Theatr Cymru; a series of work for The Lowry and the Chester Mystery Plays, 2008 and 2013. Her previous work for TIQ includes Home For Christmas and A Christmas Carol. Matt Baker is TIQ’s founder and Artistic Director. Matt’scredits as a composer and musical director also include productions for the Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster; The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and the highly successful Chester Mystery Plays 2013. 

Silent Night is supported by funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery, Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils. The production is suitable for audiences aged eight and over.





DATE (2014)                                                        VENUE                                                                                 


Fri 31 Oct and Sat 1 Nov, 7.30pm              St Mary’s Centre, Chester                                



Sun 2 Nov, 7.30pm                                         St Alban’s Church, Tattenhall



Tue 4 Nov, 7.30pm                                         The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn



Wed 5 Nov, 7.30pm                                       Hyde Festival Theatre, Hyde



Thur 6 Nov, 7.00pm                                        Elton Community Centre, Elton, Chester

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Fri 7 Nov, 7.30pm                                            Ellesmere Port Academy, Ellesmere Port


Sun 9 Nov, 7.30pm                                         Upton Village Hall, Nr Chester


Tue 11 Nov, 1.00pm and 7.30pm              Tatton Park, Tatton, Cheshire East


Wed 12 Nov, 7.30pm and                            St Thomas’ Church, Chester

Thur 13 Nov, 7.30pm                                     01244 372084

Fri 14 Nov, 8.00pm                                        Junction, Goole



Sat 15 Nov, 7.30pm                                       New Life Church, Congleton



Sun 16 Nov, 7.30pm                                      Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School, Chester



   Tue 18 Nov, 7.30pm                                    Blacon High School, Chester

Thur 20 Nov, 7.30pm                                  Liverpool Cathedral, Lady Chapel

   Fri 21 Nov, 1.00pm (SCHOOLS ONLY)

   and 7.30pm                                           (Schools’


   Sat 22 Nov, 7.30pm                                     Arkholme Village Hall, Arkholme, Nr Carnforth



   Sun 23 Nov, 2.30 pm                                   Fleetwood Library, Fleetwood



   Wed 26 Nov, 7.30pm                                 The Vanburgh Theatre, The Kings School, Chester



   Thur 27 and Fri 28 Nov, 7.30pm              Poynton High School, Stockport


   Sat 29 Nov, 7.30pm                                     Kelsall Village Hall, Kelsall, Cheshire



   Sun 30 Nov, 7.30pm                                    Mollington Village Hall, Mollington, Cheshire



   Mon 1 Dec, 7.30pm                                     The Rose Theatre, The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University


   Thur 4 Dec, 2.00pm                                     The Hammond School, Chester   SCHOOL PERFORMANCE               ONLY

   Fri 5 Dec, 7.30pm                                         The Trinity Church, Ellesmere Port





*Schedule correct at time of release but further dates may still be added. The schedule will be regularly updated at

2 Responses to Silent Night

  1. Mrs Barker 29 September 2014 at 5.20pm #

    I went to Tatton park for the commemorative service and enjoyed seeing ‘over by Christmas’ performed, and then went to Hale railway station earlier this month to see it again. After looking on your web site, I noted that you are putting on another production called ‘Silent Night’ at Tatton on the 11 November.
    Where are the tickets being sold as I have not seen any advertising for this event?
    It was just by chance that I found out about the last time they were at Tatton, which I think would have been better attended if there had been more publicity, and it’s a shame as they were really good.
    We have been telling all our friends to look out for your performances, so maybe this will make you set things in motion. I Hope so!

    • Elaine 30 September 2014 at 9.15am #

      The information we have refers us to but I cannot see any information there about buying tickets although there is an email contact given. I will check with Matt Baker and let you know.

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