War poets given new voice

The Hundred Years War, the Crucible
The Hundred Years War, the Crucible
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A new stage production coming to the Crucible as part of the Off the Shelf Festival tonight will give a fresh voice to war poetry from the last century.

In The Hundred Years’ War, poems will be performed by three actors, chronicling times of war and conflict with verse from aggressor and victim, soldier and civilian.

The production offers stories of war from all over the world, from the trenches of the world wars to conflicts in the Middle East, Vietnam, Ireland and the Balkans.

It’s the first time that many of these poems have been heard in the UK.

Produced by Midlands Creative Projects in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, The Hundred Years’ War is based on an anthology of poetry of the same name edited by Neil Astley.

Executive producer Jonathan Davidson said: “The intention is to present poetry in a new way, stepping away from the traditional recitation of verse and, instead, performing the poems so that they become rich with life.”

Amongst the poems chosen for are French and German views of trench warfare in World War One, visions of life on the home front in the Second World War, searing personal accounts of loss and violence in Bosnia and the words of a Vietnamese fighter who has shot a childhood friend, their old ties severed by war.

Reflecting on a century of warfare, the British-Pakistani poet Imtiaz Dharker writes about Malala Yousafzai and the eternal fight for equality and freedom in the world.

The show starts at 7.45pm. Box office: at the theatre, online at www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call 0114 249 6000.