On Wednesday 13 August, The Lowry held its First World War Centenary Event.
Hundreds of people came to see Charlie and Rupert, two beautiful horses, accompanied by the Lancashire Hussars who were dressed in full First World War kit.
The crowds were also entertained by Twelve Degrees North Dance Company who performed Battlefield Boy. They were joined by young people from Contact Theatre and Yardstick Narrative who performed a moving piece of drama and puppetry based around life in the trenches and a soldier’s letter home.
SingItSalford, The Lowry’s vocal and songwriting group, performed three songs: No-Man’s Land, The Hour of Need and Red Petals, which they had written following a visit to Salford Museum and Art Gallery’s 100 Years: Salford at War exhibition.
Visitors also enjoyed puppet making and drawing activities inspired by War Horse, and were given an introduction to Rae Smith’s set design for the production by the artist herself.
Object handling, First World War photographs, ration cards, postcards, medals, weapons and memorabilia were also on hand thanks to Imperial War Museum North, Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Stockport Museums, Tameside Cultural Services and the Museum of the Manchester Regiment.
Feelgood Theatre performed a snippet from their forthcoming Lowry production of Not About Heroes and re-enactors engaged with the crowds, explaining the roles of women and coal miners on the Home Front.
We were delighted that cast and crew from The National Theatre gave a fantastic opportunity for people to find out more about the production of War Horse, how the puppetry works and everyone joined in for a rousing version of First World War classics songs Goodbye Dolly Grey and Only Remembered.
A busy day with an important message: we shall not forget.