Merry It Was To Laugh There - Extracts
At Poppies: Wave, Gunners Park, Shoebury Garrison, Shoeburyness
Monday 29 May 2017 12 noon, 1pm & 2pm
Jubilant Productions are delighted to have been asked to reprise extracts from their critically acclaimed 2014 production, Merry It Was To Laugh There, as part of the free activities to accompany the Poppies: Wave sculpture by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Gunners Park in Shoebury. The sculpture is presented as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.
There will be three short performances on Monday 29 May at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. There will also be performances on the final day of the Poppies sculpture, Sunday 25 June, at 25th June 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.
The extracts contain poems and diary readings. The poems are those from the Front by poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, and the Home Front by women such as Jessie Pope and Frances Cornfield. Extracts from the diary of Captain K C Buchanan, an officer who served throughout the War, are a counterpoint to the poems in the poignant and thought-provoking short performances which are an evocative complement to the Poppies.
Casts will include Christine Absalom (Mercury Theatre, Home Front (BBC Radio 4), National Theatre), Ignatius Anthony (The Globe, Mercury Theatre, RSC), Tim Freeman (Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and 11-year-old Flora Easlea, performing her own poem about World War 1, written when she was just 9 and a student at West Leigh Junior School.
Poppies: Wave is part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Poppies: Wave is from the installation, ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London in 2014. The sculpture will be at Barge Pier in Shoeburyness, until 25 June 2017.