The story of a village at war

Barbed Wire for Kisses EMN-141021-074718001
Barbed Wire for Kisses EMN-141021-074718001

Continuing the commemorations for the World War One centenary, this November the Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre presents a wonderfully moving story of a Village at War.

With the passing of the last survivors, the events of the Great War are slipping beyond human memory.

In a powerfully moving performance, acclaimed storytellers Hugh Lupton and Nick Hennessey and musicians John Dipper and James Patterson tell the story of ‘the war to end all wars’ through the stories of the families in one small Lincolnshire village.

Personal accounts of life and death and the memories of families at home open a deeply human window onto the trauma that shaped the 20th Century.

Nick and Hugh delved into the Lincolnshire Archives to research real stories of Lincolnshire residents during the First World War.

They weave a series of verbatim extracts from letters through the performance, which blends historical fact with empathetic invention, while James Patterson and John Dipper blend classic folk songs with newly composed music.

Barbed Wire for Kisses (A Village at War) is at the theatre on Saturday November 8 at 7.30pm, the culmination of a small nine-venue tour.

Tickets cost £10, under 18s £5, from the Box Office on 01507 600350 or via the website