Theatres to tell real-life war stories

Pigeon at Barnsley Civic
Pigeon at Barnsley Civic
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A host of theatrical and musical events commemorate the centenary of World War One around Remembrance Sunday.

A performance based on letters between a Doncaster couple during the war, Only Water Between, will take place at Woodfield Club in Balby on Saturday at 7pm.

Actress Carla Starkey said: “Letters written between Jack and Gert Adam in the First World War were discovered during a house clearance in 2006 and were then turned into a play.”

Company Sergeant Major Jack Adam fought on the Western Front in 1918.


Pigeon is the incredible true story of a messenger bird, who became known as Cher Ami, one of many who saved lives by flying vital messages behind enemy lines.

The children’s show combines inventive puppets, original live music and delightfully daft characters.

It’s at Barnsley Civic this Sunday at 2.30pm. Box office: or 01226 327000.

Loxley Silver Band hold a Poppies to Proms concert at Bradfield Village Hall tomorrow night. The concert will also celebrate the 125th anniversary of Loxley Silver Band and will combine a variety of songs, tunes and film from the war years as well as the pomp and circumstance of the Last Night At The Proms.

Tickets: from Bradfield Post Office, call 0114 285 1227 or online

Private Peaceful, the moving novel by Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), comes to Buxton Opera House next Monday and Tuesday, including a signed matinee on Tuesday.

Tommo Peaceful is a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Box office: 0845 127 2190 or online at

Next Thursday evening the show Let Us Remember Them Tonight, 100 Years of War 1914 – 2014, will raise funds for the War Child charity.

Sheffield singer Chris Rust wants us to remember that there have been 100 years of war since 1914. He will perform a half-hour documentary in songs and images at the Harland Café on John Street at 7pm.


On the same evening the Magna Centre looks at the history of Templeborough steelworks, which was completed in 1917 to supply shell steel and also played a vital role in World War Two munitions work.

The evening will feature a Steel Worker pie and peas supper and tribute acts to music hall singer Marie Lloyd and forces sweetheart Vera Lynn. Historians will also retell the Templeborough story.

Bookings: call 01709 723 118 or email