The Trench is a project between 2Faced Dance Company and St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine, Herefordshire. Taking the 27 names inscribed on the Lugwardine war memorial as its starting point the project will research the lives of the servicemen and their families.
All of the students at the school will then work with 2Faced Dance to bring the memories, stories and legacies of these men to life through arts workshops culminating in a multimedia physical theatre performance directed by 2Faced Dance Company and performed by St Mary’s students and our professional dancers.
The project will also include film, originally composed music and art work, and the building of a real life trench in the school grounds taking the school back in time to WW1.
The students of St Mary’s have developed the following website about the project: www.thetrench.co.uk
The Trench Tour is open to Primary and Secondary Schools and celebrates the centenary of WW1. 2Faced Dance Company will work with schools to create WW1 based dance performances during in-school workshops with our professional dancers. Our Trench Days are then hosted by Secondary Schools, each day involving a variety of arts workshops for Primary and Secondary students, exploring the era, stories and memories from WW1 through dance, poetry, music, art and costume.
The work students have learnt during the day and leading up to the event with 2Faced Dance will then be performed in an evening showcase at the school for family and friends. All students and audiences will also have the opportunity to watch the Company’s Heritage Lottery Funded touring schools production The Trench, exploring the lives and memories of WW1 servicemen and their families through dance, film, music and physical theatre, and featuring students from St Mary’s RC High School and professional dancers from 2Faced Dance.
The Trench Tour Offers Schools:
- A great learning experience for students, bringing history to life through the arts
- Fantastic opportunity for Primary School students to visit their prospective Secondary School
- Opportunity to get involved with the national programme of WW1 Centenary Celebrations.
Booking for The Trench Tour 2015 is now closed. Information about the performances for the Trench Tour can be found below:
Thursday 2 July, 7pm
The Hereford Academy, Hereford HR2 7NG
Performing Schools: Hereford Academy, Riverside Primary, St Martin’s Primary, Marlbrook Primary, St Mary’s R.C High School
Monday 6 July, 7pm
Aylestone Business & Enterprise College, Hereford HR1 1HY
Performing Schools: Aylestone Business & Enterprise College, Withington Primary, Broadlands Primary, St Mary’s R.C High School
Tuesday 7 July, 7pm
Whitecross Hereford High School, Hereford HR4 0R
Performing Schools: Whitecross High, Trinity Primary, Stretton Sugwas C of E Academy, Burghill Community Academy, Holmer C of E Academy, St Mary’s R.C High School
Monday 13 July, 7pm
Madley Primary School, Hereford HR2 9PH
Performing Schools: Madley Primary School, Fairfield High School, St Mary’s R.C High School