Theatre project to collect Barking and Dagenham stories of First World War

Women and children at a street party to celebrate the end of the war on Heath Street in 1918

Women and children at a street party to celebrate the end of the war on Heath Street in 1918 - Credit: Archant

Residents will have the chance to have their ancestors’ history told as part of a theatre project to unearth the lives of Barking and Dagenham residents affected by the First World War.

Victoria Cross winner Job Drain, from Barking, Essex

Victoria Cross winner Job Drain, from Barking, Essex - Credit: Archant

Arc Theatre, based in Abbey Road, Barking, has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its project Our Street: Patriotism and Violence.

The project will explore local First World War history and heritage as part of a national push to mark the war’s centenary.

Young people will be able to attend workshops to learn about the experiences of people living in east London in 1914.

Arc Theatre will collaborate with Eastside Community Heritage and the local heritage team on the project to delve into local history and use drama and film to depict life as it was before and after the war.


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Josh Cass, director of Arc Theatre’s community portfolio, said: “It’s exciting to be involved in this project, supporting young people to learn about their local heritage and deepen their understanding of the lives of people living in this area 100 years ago.”

He added: “If you have stories of family members who were affected by the First World War, the Our Street team would be honoured to hear from you.

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“Perhaps you have a relative who served on the front, or someone who worked as a nurse or in a munitions factory.

“Whatever your story, Arc would be delighted if you got in touch.”

For more information, including details of how to get involved, call Arc Theatre on 020 8594 1095 or email

info@arctheatre.com

Taking part? We want to hear from you. Email sophie.morton@archant.co.uk or call 020 8477 3834.

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