STATE OF PLAY
The story then unfolds into one that through the telling of George’s story of growing up in Stoke, then going off to the Battle of the Somme in the Great War as a young man, cleverly links the present day bell ringers to the ghosts of the past, in more ways than they had ever imagined!
The evenings of Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd July and a Sunday matinee 3rd July 2016, incorporating a pre performance picnic, in the Priory grounds whilst listening to wartime songs from the Stoke sub Hamdon Silver Band.
Then the stage production of ‘And Grandsire Went Wrong’ on the first weekend of July, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.
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‘And Grandsire Went Wrong’ An historical village mystery……..
To be held in The Priory Tithe Barn (NT) in Stoke sub Hamdon TA14 6QP
Friday 1st July Picnic from 6pm performance from 7.30pm
Saturday 2nd July Picnic from 6pm performance from 7.30pm
Sunday 3rd July Picnic from 12 noon performance from 1.30pm
Written by local author Angela Hodges, originally devised for radio but currently being updated for the stage. The play’s plot centres on a group of present day bell ringers who meet weekly in the church at Stoke-sub-Hamdon for bell ringing practice and the discovery by one of their members, of a set of initials ‘GR’, carved into the stone of the bell tower. This discovery sparks an investigation by ‘Tricia’ who manages to find out that mystery initials belonged to a local resident, George Ralph who lived in the village in the early twentieth century.
The National Trust has given permission to use The Priory tithe barn and grounds in Stoke-sub-Hamdon as a venue for the event, as it was
felt it would provide a wonderfully atmospheric setting in the heart of the village.
The vision for the production is that it will combine both performance and multimedia to bring the past and present together. For example,
the Village History Group have researched and found many photos
and artefacts of village life from the early twentieth century, together with information about the local young men who went to fight in the Great War.
Using the projection of photos, film footage linked to music and sound effects incorporated into the production, will help to bring the past closer to the audience. We would like to also invite the Stoke Silver Band to play music of the period, outside in the grounds, to accompany a village picnic prior to the performance.
By involving local groups, such as the Village History Group, Silver Band and Working Men’s Club, it is hoped that ‘And Grandsire Went Wrong’ becomes a project that involves and reaches as many people in the village as possible.
We have been accepted to become part of the Sports and Recreation Trust and supported by the Parish Council. We are involving local groups, such as the Village History Group, local schools, the Silver Band and Working Men’s Club, it is hoped that ‘And Grandsire Went Wrong’ becomes a project that involves and reaches as many people in the village as possible.
Some History of the war and Stoke-Sub-Hamdon
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