The hundred years’ war: the somme to afghanistan, 2014-2015
Following on from their highly acclaimed live literature production Being Human, Midlands Creative Projects in association with Bloodaxe Books and the Belgrade Theatre Coventry presents The Hundred Years’ War: the Somme to Afghanistan. Three performers, live music and striking imagery are combined to create a heart-wrenching drama whose every word is charged with poetry.
The Hundred Years’ War: the Somme to Afghanistan offers stories of war from around the world, all written over the last hundred years (1914 to 2013) by poets writing as aggressor and victim, soldier and civilian, the wounded and those watching on in horror. Featuring thirty-five extraordinary poems from Bloodaxe Book’s anthology The Hundred Years’ War, this brand new production fuses poetry and theatre to create a distinctive and deeply moving portrayal of life under fire.
“Pioneering work… an amazing theatrical experience.” Audience member
“A stunning performance – simply done, yet so atmospheric. I felt I’d experienced something very real: human emotion up close.” Audience member
“Understated, but perfectly judged – and beautifully if simply staged – The Hundred Years’ War is one of the finest examples of poetry in performance I have ever encountered.” Audience member
BEING HUMAN, 2013 – 2014
Being Human is a dramatic performance of extraordinary poetry from around the world, presented by three performers, with music, projections and striking imagery. Charting the drama of our lives, these are thoughtful and passionate poems that will touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit; poems about being human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder.
Being Human was a co-production with Bloodaxe Books and was produced in association with the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and Talking Birds.
“Being Human has a perfectly apt title, it is performed by three actors each covering the multitudes of life experiences in two parts which last over just 90 minutes. The time passes quickly yet leaves you feeling you have witnessed something epic on a human level. This is not 3 actors reading poem after poem and its greatest achievement is changing the perceptions of people who deem or stigmatise poetry as something exclusive to intellectuals in corduroy drinking crème de menthe in oak veneered rooms congratulating each other on their cleverness… I would highly recommend this play to anyone and commend the production for its impact and inspirational values that transcend poetry back to where it belongs – to ALL of us”. Antony Owen
CHANGING LIVES, 2007
Changing Lives was a co-production with Warwick Arts Centre.
Using some of the most powerful poetry published by Bloodaxe Books over the last thirty years, Changing Lives presented poetry as it should be experienced: full of wit, vitality and emotion. It is inspired by every aspect of our changing lives – from birth to death and all the glorious details between. And while there are moments of sadness, Changing Lives also provides comedy and thought provoking stories. This production used a team of three actors, a designer, composer and video maker to produce a show that toured across the UK during 2008/9. Produced by Jonathan Davidson. Directed by Steve Byrne with Lizzie Wiggs, Associate Director. A haunting sound track, moving images and a stunning design are provided by Derek Nisbett and Janet Vaughan of Talking Birds. The poets whose work is featured include Jackie Kay, Helen Dunmore and David Constantine.
BEING ALIVE, 2005
Being Alive was a co-production with Warwick Arts Centre.
Using poems from the Bloodaxe Books anthology of the same name, this production used a team of three actors, a designer, composer and video maker to produce a show that toured across the UK during 2005.
STAYING ALIVE, 2003
Staying Alive was a co-production with Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead.
Using poems from the Bloodaxe Books anthology of the same name, this production used a team of three actors, a designer, composer and video maker to produce a show that toured across the UK during 2003.