Into the Trenches: Introduction
Into the Trenches is a participation project that is taking place in five schools across Chester-le-Street, Sunderland and Stockton. Inspired by our production The Muddy Choir– Jesse Briton’s new play that tells the story of three young soldiers from Sunderland – year 9 and 10 students will undertake research into the impact of the First World War on their communities, focusing on recruitment and conscription.
We are aiming to help students understand the legacy of the First World War in their local areas; how school boys became soldiers, how factory workers were urged to fight and how young people went from shop fronts into the trenches.
In partnership with the Durham Light Infantry Museum and the Durham County Record Office, and with assistance from Sunderland City Library, Theatre Centre will support students in leading their own line of research-based enquiry and in exploring archive material – letters, newspaper articles, photographs – as they familiarise themselves with the people and places of the time.
The students will work with professional theatre makers from the region to bring their research to life, resurrecting the hopes and fears of the young men – and women – that lived in their streets and populated their communities.
The project will run from January to March 2015. Please contact Schools Producer Marigold Hughes if you would like any further information or if you have any questions about the project.
The whiteboard friendly ideas and activities on this page are designed to deepen the learning and research possibilities of Into the Trenches. The resources will enable students to undertake further research to enrich and develop the characters they are developing and will also provide teachers with ongoing support.
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Into the Trenches is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks also to The Joicey Trust for their support.
"The project is an excellent opportunity to increase the awareness of young people with regard to World War One, helping them to develop a greater knowledge of the events that occurred in their own communities during this period in history."
Julie Lawrence, Sunderland City Library
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