World War I play set in Newhaven receives £100k funding

Home Fires
Home Fires

A play exploring the role of Seaford, Newhaven and surrounding villages in World War One has secured £100,000 funding.

Money for Home Fires has come from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and grant funding from The Armed Forces Community Covenant Scheme, South Downs National Park Authority Sustainable Communities Fund, East Sussex Arts Partnership, Newhaven Town Council and Seaford Town Council.

Home Fires is a new play written and conceived by award winning, Lewes based writer Sara Clifford, directed by Terry O’Donovan, produced by Veronica Stephens for Zap Art and Sara Clifford for Inroads Productions.

The play is set in Newhaven, 1914, and tells the story of Clara, whose husband Joe is called away to serve, but they both believe he will be back in time for Christmas.

Based on local people’s family stories of the Great War, the play creates a haunting story of love and loss.

Home Fires will include school and community workshops. It will also work with local history organisations, schools, colleges and armed forces veterans.

It will culminate in a large theatrical experience at Newhaven Fort from March 18-21 2015 with music, dance, sound installations, projections, professional performance and mass community participation.