‘Seeing it Through’ in Herts
What with the 100th anniversaries of everything WWI going on over the last couple of years — and more to come over the next couple, it’s not surprise that there’s all sorts of new drama, art and culture springing up with the war years as its focus.
Seeing It Through is a new play from Hertford-based Pins & Feathers Productions. It tells stories — surprising, moving, engaging — from home-front Herts. The stories are taken from real life accounts of life from 1914-1918, and give an insight — an entertaining and moving one — into what wartime life was like locally.
Some of the characters you might recognise — Bill Johns, who created Biggles (go on, pretend you’ve got your flying goggles on!), or East Herts’ controversial MP Noel Pemberton-Billing (who was not a nice man at all). Others, you’ll likely never have heard of before — women like Annie Swan and Louisa Puller, who worked away improving conditions for women. (Funny how women like that rarely get the publicity, eh? Hmm…)
Opening night was last night at Hertford Theatre, and now it’s hitting the road — taking professional theatre out on a tour of community venues in villages and small towns across east Herts. The stories are being told in the sort of places they actually happened — churches, village halls, that sort of thing — rather than in the more rarefied atmosphere of a theatre.
It’s a fascinating bit of history and theatre, with a local slant that will have you wondering what your great-granny was up to — and whether there’s a story there in your own family history in Herts.
Want to go along? Here’s where it’s at…
Place House Hall, Ware, 8 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Welwyn, 12 Oct, 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church, Buntingford, 13 Oct, 7.30pm
Bullfields Community Centre, Sawbridgeworth, 14 Oct, 7.30pm
Thundridge Village Hall, 15 Oct, 8pm
Hertford Theatre Studio, 20 Oct, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Hertford, 21 Oct, 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Braughing, 22 Oct, 7.30pm
Richard Hale School, Hertford, 11 Nov, 7.30pm