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Goodnight George

In June 2013, two young freelance theatre producers, Alix Manning-Jones and Manya Benson contacted us about the Tutbury Book of Remembrance and their ideas for a First World War Centenary project.  This culminated, after nine months of very hard work by Alix and Manya, was the Goodnight George display and production at the Burton Brewhouse on March 20th 2014.

Year 5 pupils from Horninglow Primary & Richard Wakefield School in Burton-on Trent were taken on an a journey to discover more about the First World War in Burton through a series of theatre based workshops. They explored the heart-wrenching story of Private George Fearn from Tutbury through the astonishing letters he wrote back home and the role of Burton's Bass Shire Horses that were sent to war. The children visited the Staffordshire Regiment Museum and National Brewery Centre in connection with the event.

Each child was given a copy of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse book and learnt about the story of Joey and Albert in preparation to being in the Goodnight George project. Themes from the National Theatre's War Horse production were used to support the children's learning & performance.

The children's performance was staged on Thursday 20 March at the Brewhouse - the Burton Mail report by Mark McKay said:

YOUNGSTERS put on a theatre performance based on a project to immortalise the memory of an East Staffordshire Soldier who died in the Great War.

Pupils from Tutbury’s Richard Wakefield School and Horninglow Primary school put on the show at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, in Union Street, Burton.

The Goodnight George project was based on letters Tutbury soldier George Fearn wrote to his family during the conflict.

The Year 5 pupils have enjoyed a range of trips and visits to sights around East Staffordshire as part of the project which was launched to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

They visited Burton’s National Brewery Centre, where they found out about life on the home front, and had a seaside trip to Scarborough, where many Bass Brewery workers would have been on holiday on the bank holiday weekend before war broke out.

We had the good fortune to attend the production and see the extensive displays that Alix, Manya and the children had created - all were excellent and a packed Brewhouse gave the children and the producers a massive round of applause - all very well deserved.  More information can also be found on the Facebook page and on the Goodnight George Exhibition page.

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Goodnight George is a First World War Centenary Partnership Project; funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Working with Professional Theatre Practitioners Alix Jones & Manya Benenson in partnership with Burton Cooperative Learning Trust, East Staffordshire Borough Council, The Staffordshire Great War website (Staffordshire County Council), Tutbury Book of Remembrance, and learning initiatives supported by The National Theatre's production of War Horse.

Photographs below - click on a photograph for a larger image and a description, then use the arrows to move between the pictures (or the keyboard arrow keys) - most of these excellent photographs are by Tom Raworth

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