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Community theatre remembers Isle of Man's part during WW1

For The Fallen is a community theatre project to commemorate the Isle of Man's involvement during WW1 Photo: IOM Arts Council

A theatre project commissioned by the Isle of Man Arts Council to commemorate the island's involvement in World War One will be staged next week.

'For The Fallen' centres on the lives of the people at home during the war and the soldiers who left their small community to fight, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.

Created by a professional team of theatre makers and performed by a community cast of all ages, some of the script is loosley based on real letters written in the trenches.

The production runs from Tuesday 24 April to Saturday 28 April at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre in Douglas.

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It’s important to remember that this isn’t a documentary or a history lecture but a piece of theatre, so it was vital to look at the emotional turmoil that the war had on people themselves. Some streets on the Isle of Man lost so many of their men, they never came home. You can’t begin to imagine the impact that had on families and the community itself.

– Director John Young
'For The Fallen' director John Young during rehearsals Credit: IOM Arts Council
A map showing Douglas addresses where soldiers had lived, never to return Credit: ITV

The Arts Council considers the funding of devised drama of this kind to be very important, especially when providing opportunities for our community to be involved. In this year when we commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, bringing our own unique Manx stories about this terrible time to a modern day audience is an essential part of remembering the fallen and those at home who endured loss and hardship.

– Isle of Man Arts Council Chair, Marlene Hendy MLC