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Wartime stories take centre stage this weekend

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Residents are reminded there is still time to catch a commemorative wartime theatre show at Preston Park this weekend.

‘Homecoming’ is a captivating new outdoor theatre performance created to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

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

Real wartime stories of soldiers, nurses, civilians and munitions workers will take centre stage in the beautiful surrounds of Preston Park at 8.30pm on Saturday 27 September, where a range of special effects including mobile structures, digital projections, music and pyrotechnics will help to bring the show to life. The production has been created by internationally acclaimed theatre company, Periplum.

Archivists and local libraries have researched the stories with participation from residents across Stockton Borough and the wider Tees Valley. The production will tour the Tees Valley until December featuring a story from each town.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Culture and Leisure, said: “It is incredibly important that we remember the huge efforts of everyone who contributed during the First World War. This fantastic performance tells the real stories of local people at the time. Don’t miss the spectacular show - book your place today.”

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.

For more information and secure a ticket, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/homecoming or www.rememberingourwar.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Rediscover Stockton shop on Stockton High Street and Preston Hall Museum.

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