Great War Theatre

Finding Eva by Mary Newman

Anyone who’s ever watched Who do you think you are? will know that ancestor hunting takes its subjects to unexpected places. It led me to Eva Elwes, playwright and actress, and my great-aunt. The chase has involved many hours searching genealogy resources and the British Newspaper Archive, a trip across the globe to the British Library… continued →

The war plays of a Belgian refugee by Ad van Der Logt

Abraham Hans Abraham Hans was a Flemish author of Dutch origin. From 1909 Hans had been a primary school teacher in Kontich, a community between the outer and inner fortifications of the Antwerp Fortress. However at the outbreak of the war the Hans family found it too dangerous to stay in Kontich. They had seen the… continued →

Tweeting 1917 by Eleanor Bowen

My grandmother Gladys (Peggy) Simmons kept a diary 100 years ago, between 1 January 1917 and the New Year’s party a year later when she got home at 2am on 1 January 1918, after ‘such a thrilling year’. She was 23 and passionate about theatre. The diary, a Liberty’s Shakespeare Calendar given to her for Christmas, allows… continued →

Cheerio Gretna: Theatre at the Factory by Stuart Gibbs

In this blog post, Stuart Gibbs, one of the project’s volunteers, shares his research into the burgeoning theatre scene in Gretna.  As commemorations for the Great War continue, great emphasis has been placed on the home front and in particular the experiences of the munitions workers. Of the many centres for arms production during this period… continued →

A Researcher’s Tale by Mike Waters

In this blog post, Mike Waters, one of the project’s volunteer researchers, shares his experience – and some of the extensive challenges, as well as unexpected discoveries in tracing long-forgotten plays and playwrights. I volunteered for the Great War Theatre project after spending many years researching my family history and finding several forebears who died in… continued →

War plays in the Netherlands 1914-1918 by Dr. Ad van der Logt

Did you know that more than 40 war plays were written or performed in the Netherlands during the Great War? That’s an average of 8 each year! The first reactions Already in August 1914 the famous Dutch socialist playwright Herman Heijermans (1864-1924) wrote three sketches: Brief in den schemer (Letter in twilight), De buikspreker (The… continued →