Stage, Screen and Trench: a Sussex Story of World War One
The Fedora Group, a S.E. arts and heritage charity, presents ‘Stage, Screen and Trench; a Sussex Story of World War One’.
From Billy Boardman, the manager of the Brighton Hippodrome who took the first concert party of stars to entertain the troops on the Western Front, to Hastings-born cameraman Geoffrey Malins who filmed the world’s first documentary war film at the Somme, Sussex film and entertainment communities were intimately connected with the First World War. This project explores the roles these communities played and the contributions they made, both on the Home Front and across the fronts of war.
Between May and December 2016, a touring exhibition will visit Brighton Fishing Museum, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, and Littlehampton Museum. The exhibition will showcase the largely forgotten stories of the Sussex personalities who were behind the camera for the ground-breaking 1916 movie ‘The Battle of The Somme’, and were the real life inspiration for the 1960s satire ‘Oh! What A Lovely War’.
As well as including the official clips from The Battle of the Somme in the exhibition, a full screening of the film will take place on the centenary of its premiere (Aug 10th) at Hastings Museum.
A Brighton screening with live piano accompaniment from the original score will also take place in the Duke of York’s Picture House on 8th November 2016 in partnership with ‘Gateways to the First World War’
The cinema, which opened in 1910, operated throughout WW1 and has been in continuous use as a picture house ever since.
‘Stage, Screen & Trench’ has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and supported by ‘Gateways to the First World War’, a centre for public engagement with the First World War centenary, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
For more information about the project, please contact project director Glyn Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates and Venues
Brighton Fishing Museum
Wednesday 25 May – Sunday 5 June
201 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB
Brighton Fringe venue 350
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
Saturday 9 July – Sunday 4 September
Johns Place, Bohemia Road, TN34 1ET
Saturday 19 November – Saturday 24 December
Tuesday – Friday 9am-4.30pm
Saturday 10.30 am-4.30pm
Manor House, Church Street, BN17 5EW