Some of my readers have pointed out to me that I missed out information about the second half of the programme. Here is the full text. My apologies!
From 6th July to 9th July there is a very special show at The John Peel Theatre: The Last Post.
The first half of the show features a short play by Dennis Graham, which emerged from the successful Wiza Words writing workshop, run by Isanna Curwen in the Market Hall every Thursday evening. The play is followed by some of the best loved music which was such a moving part of The John Peel's successful and highly acclaimed WWI commemorative show, Reflections, in 2014. Hayden and Catherynn Dunstan revisit Letters and Only Remembered to name two songs.
The second part of the evening is The Last Post- a one act play written by Stephen Wood, originally commissioned for The Old Fire Station in Carlisle.
The stage is bare, apart from a disembodied door. A postman wounded in the Great War, a young military nurse from Afghanistan. Why are they here? What is this place? Why does Henry keep posting the same letters through the same door? And what message is Amy so desperate to text to her boyfriend?
This is an extremely powerful drama, and there will be very few dry eyes in the audience, but unlike many World War I themed plays, the denouement is uplifting.
Stephen says: "The Last Post portrays people's innate sense of duty in times of war and the important part communication plays in maintaining a sense of normality amid the chaos"