As a result of our work with the UK government's First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme (UCL Institute of Education), MESH developed a series of interactive workshops for students and adults (schools, scouts, armed forces, veterans) to enrich understanding of life in the trenches through drama. Supported by our team of passionate professional actors, we excavate classic texts such as Journey's End and Birdsong, poems by Wilfred Owen, John Macrae, Isaac Rosenberg and others, sharing rehearsal room techniques to explore context, find meaning and search for insights into the lived human experience of trench warfare.
Workshops can be tailored to demand, or themed as follows: * Relationships / Comradeship * Chain of Command / Obedience * Anglo-German relations in the trenches * The Everyday: food, drink, sleep and self-care in the trenches * Medicine & Health (mental and physical) * Coping mechanisms in war
"My group of 28 serving soldiers haven’t stopped talking about their experience. The actors were believable and realistic and shared their knowledge of the background history of the era." (CADET LEADER)
"Gave a very human touch to how we viewed war and helped our children see the soldier behind the headstone. The text is so beautifully handled by the actors, the raw emotion was laid bare.I highly recommend this." (HISTORY TEACHER)
Such was the emotional and dramatic impact, we have since reflected together on the use of theatre and drama to communicate and we are very grateful for the experience. Congratulations on the way you were able to communicate with a particularly 'hard to reach' member of the audience". (BATTLEFIELD TOUR GUIDE)