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Even though the centenary of World War One has passed, schools continue to ask about this workshop, and we have already taken bookings for next school-year. The relevance to 21st century politics continues to be disturbingly clear.

When we embarked on The Great War Project, we knew that part of it would be some sort of workshop or performance based around the First World War poets, as they provide such a moving account of the war and are widely studied in schools. Following advice from several teachers in the UK and on the continent, we have broadened the scope of the workshop so as to look not just at the war poets but at the wider and continuing cultural legacy of the First World War.

Roland & Natasha

This schools workshop looks at the way poets, dramatists, artists and novelists responded to the First World War 100 years ago, and how the legacy of that war continues even now to influence writing and other art forms like cinema.

At the core of the workshop are the famous First World War poets, and the changes in style from the lyrical and conventional, like Rupert Brooke’s, to harsher and more experimental forms of writing like Wilfred Owen’s. We also look at the response of artists like CRW Nevinson and Paul Nash, the playwright Peter Whelan (The Accrington Pals) and the writer JRR Tolkein.

This workshop provides an excellent starting point for an investigation with students of how this artistic response to the war has influenced writing and art ever since, from Eliot’s The Wasteland, to plays like Waiting for Godot, novels like Catch 22, musicals like Oh What A Lovely War!, films as different as Apocalypse NowThe Lord of the RingsWarhorse and the TV comedy Blackadder.

The style of this workshop allows a degree of flexibility in its content. So if you are interested in our including or referring to any particular poems, novels, plays or films in a performance in your school we would be very interested to discuss your ideas with you. For instance a Dutch school used the workshop for an International Day, and a British school combined the workshop with a project about communication.

"The old lie: Dulce est decorum est Pro patria mori"

Audience maximum: 60

Pandemic Prices:

Holland, Belgium and Germany: First show costs €695, Second show costs €595 Additional shows cost €395

Sweden 1st show SEK 7950,  2nd show SEK 6950, additional shows SEK 4950

Switzerland 1st show CHF 795,  2nd show CHF 695, additional shows CHF 495

Prices in normal times:

  • Holland, Belgium and Germany: 1st show €795, any other shows €695 (other Eurozone countries please enquire about prices in your country)
  • Sweden: 1st show SEK 8950, any other shows SEK 7950
  • Switzerland: 1st show CHF 995, any other shows CHF 895

Schools in the Netherlands: you can pay using the ‘Cultuurkaart’ – please contact us for details.

Please contact us to book a workshop or for more details.

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