Get involved in commemorative play

Lincoln Drill Hall - the former training hall turned entertainment venue, which will stage The Last Post later this year EMN-140317-100230001
Lincoln Drill Hall - the former training hall turned entertainment venue, which will stage The Last Post later this year EMN-140317-100230001
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In the Lincolnshire Archives there are 300 letters bequeathed to the City of Lincoln by the granddaughter of the late Amy Beechey who lived locally in World War One.

The letters are the correspondence Amy’s eight sons wrote home during the conflict from the training camps, trenches, dugouts, hospitals and wherever else they found themselves.

All eight Beechey brothers volunteered for the army: five were killed and three returned - one crippled.

The Lincoln Mystery Plays Community Theatre Company will bring those letters and the lives of the family behind them into focus during Armistice Week this November.

Two volunteer local writers have pored over the letters and met with their benefactor to create a community play of great poignancy and power to be performed at the Lincoln Drill Hall - their Drill Hall - in commemoration of the Great War’s centenary.

The Last Post is inspired by the letters those eight brothers wrote home to Avondale Street.

It is their story, told in their words, and through the experiences of their mother Amy and their sisters, who all waited anxiously to receive news from the boys.

One of her daughters, Edie, helped to preserve all the letters and it is through her eyes that the play unfolds.

Now, volunteers of all ages - male, female, babes in arms to life-experienced - are needed to act and provide backstage support for the play.

Anyone interested in taking part can go along to the launch event on Monday, March 31 at 7.30pm in the Old Staff Room at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

Those unable to attend, but would like to be involved, can email Janie@lincolnmysteries.co.uk or call Janie on 01522 537838.