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.
SILENT NIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE *
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
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) www.cathedralshop.com
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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 www.theatreinthequarter.co.uk.