Shining a light on home life during the Great War

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What was life really like for Lincolnshire villagers who were at home during the First World War?

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Separated from loved ones, how did they cope with rigours of everyday life and the emotional toll of expectant news?

To mark the centenary of the Great War, a creative team recently visited the Lincolnshire Archives to research documents which they hoped would shine a light on the realities of home life during this period.

They were not disappointed – the personal accounts and memories of families at home opened a deeply human window onto the trauma that shaped the 20th Century.

These fascinating fragments inspired the researchers – acclaimed storytellers Hugh Lupton and Nick Hennessey, and musicians John Dipper and James Patterson – to create a powerfully moving performance ‘Barbed Wire for Kisses, a Village at War’.

Set in an imaginary ‘composite’ Lincolnshire parish, the stories are presented through the eyes of the villagers through captivating storytelling and live folk music.

The show is being performed in Kent, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and West Yorkshire before coming home to five Lincolnshire venues this Autumn: including at the South Holland Centre on Wednesday, November 5 at 7.30pm.

The performance in Spalding will be followed by a post-show chat with the creators about the local history research that led to the show. Tickets are £10, £9 concession, with a special rate of £7.50 per person for groups of 10-plus.