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Commemorative Theatre at Preston Park

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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Stunning digital visuals, music and lights are set to captivate audiences when a World War One commemoration project with a difference comes to Stockton.

Homecoming is a new moving and thought provoking outdoor theatrical production which commemorates 100 years since the outbreak of World War One in Britain.

Stockton Council is working in partnership with the four other Tees Valley local authorities to produce five large scale outdoor theatrical performances of the production, each one telling a story from the five towns.

A range of special effects including mobile structures, digital projections, music, lights and stunning pyrotechnics will bring Preston Park Museum and Grounds to life with stories from the frontline at 8.30pm on Saturday, 27 September.

The production tells the moving stories of residents' contribution to the war, both on the home front and foreign battlefields overseas.

Visitors are invited into the beautiful surrounds of Preston Park where the real wartime stories of soldiers, nurses, civilians and munitions workers will be played out on stage. The stories have been researched by archivists and local libraries, including interviews with residents across Stockton Borough and the wider Tees Valley.

The dramatic performance has been created by award-winning visual theatre company, Periplum, in collaboration with the Tees Valley Commemorative Partnership and local communities across the region.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "Homecoming is a poignant and creative way to commemorate the unforgettable efforts of those who contributed to the First World War. This spectacular performance explores the real stories of people from our region using archived materials and first-hand records that we have from that period. I hope you can come along and discover a little more of what life may have been like."

The event is free of charge but entry tickets will be required. Tickets will also include access to the Park and Ride service operating from local car parks.

To find out more and secure a ticket visit www.stockton.gov.uk/homecoming or www.rememberingourwar.co.uk A

lternatively tickets are also available from the Rediscover Stockton shop on Stockton High Street and Preston Hall Museum. Periplum will tour Homecoming in Middlesbrough, Redcar, Hartlepool and Darlington in the coming months.

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