The play about the extraordinary life of Great War poet Wilfred Owen makes a welcome return to Liverpool’s St Georges Hall this March, after its first performance in October 2014 entranced a large and very appreciative audience.
A Dream Of Wilfred Owen by David Charters will be staged in the Concert Room of the iconic landmark building on Friday 13 March, starting at 7.30pm.
Known as the soldiers’ poet, the story will be told from the perspective of Wilfred’s ghost who will take the audience on a journey back to the time of World War One.
The story follows real and imagined events in Owen’s life, from growing up in Birkenhead where his father, Tom, was master of the busy Woodside railway station, to his own war experiences in the trenches.
A Dream of Wilfred Owen has been written by Merseyside journalist David Charters. David has been a journalist for almost 50 years, including 25 years as a columnist for the old Liverpool Daily Post. He now writes the Bard of Birkenhead column, which appears in the Wirral edition of the Liverpool Echo every Friday.
The dramatic 90-minute play is a departure from the media for David, who has published two books about Merseyside’s history, as well as a compilation of his humorous musings. David is also a part of the newly announced Songs and Words of Folk series taking place at St Georges Hall, with the first two events scheduled in February and March.
Not only has David written the play, he will also be playing the part of Wilfred’s ghost.
David will be joined on stage by the narrator, John Gorman, star of stage and screen and celebrated as a member of Scaffold, and Lucy Mayhew, a Wirral singer, whose lovely voice and songs are winning high praise.
Lucy sang in the October performance at St George’s Hall.
Writer David Charters explains: “We are honoured and thrilled to be returning to such a wonderful venue by public demand. The performance will last a little longer this time with a slightly extended script with more Owen poems.”
“The songs to be sung by Lucy have been chosen because they are sympathetic to the mood of the play. In addition to those from the war, there will be the beautiful spiritual, Steal Away, and the traditional song, Scarborough Fair, ties with Owen’s short time there.
“Last year there were many commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the war starting, but we must not forget that it lasted until November 1918 when Owen was killed. We are still in the period of commemoration.
“Some of the events in the play are imagined, but I believe them to be true to the poet’s spirit.”
A Dream of Wilfred Owen returns to St George’s Hall on Friday 13 March, tickets are just £10 and are on sale now.
A Dream Of Wilfred Owen
Concert Room, St George’s Hall,
Friday 13 March 2015
Tickets: £10 (plus booking fee)
How to Book:
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