Home Fires play to focus on WWI memories in Newhaven

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  • Play will be staged at Newhaven Fort
  • Home Fires explores impact of the conflict on local residents

When Clara’s husband Joe is called away from Newhaven to serve in the First World War, they both believe he will be back in time for Christmas.

But things are no longer as they were and society is changing – there’s a strike in the soldiers’ training camp in Seaford and in France, inexplicably, the British army seems to be losing.

By November, as the generals frantically call up volunteers to send to the Front, Clara clings to the old ways but around her everything is crumbling.

Brighton’s Zap Art and Inroads present their latest co-production Home Fires, a site-responsive, promenade play based on the WW1 stories and memories of people in the Channel port of Newhaven.

A haunting tale of love and loss, it runs from March 18 to 22 at 8pm at Newhaven Fort, which played a pivotal role in transporting military supplies to France during WW1.

Conceived by Inroads’ award-winning writer Sara Clifford and produced by Zap Art’s Veronica Stephens, Home Fires explores the impact of the conflict on the lives of Newhaven residents and examines how its impact is still felt by future generations.

It builds on the success of previous collaborations, including Generik Vapeur’s Newhaven Cormorant in 2011, The Beast & The Traveller in 2012 and last year’s Our Dancing Feet, all using original oral histories from residents.

Home Fires is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, launched last year by the Imperial War Museums to deliver a global programme of events and activities that connect people with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.

The project is supported through the National Lottery, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and grant funding from The Armed Forces Community Covenant Scheme, South Downs National Park Authority Sustainable Communities Fund, Newhaven Town Council and Seaford Town Council.

Tickets free but must be booked in advance from 01273 517622 or www.facebook.com/newhavenfort/events