Wartime poems from a century of conflict inspire theatre production at Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre

The Hundred Years' War at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre on June 3.
The Hundred Years' War at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre on June 3.

Poems chronicling times of war and conflict have been fused to create a unique performance, vividly enacting profound human experience.

Using three actors The Hundred Years’ War: the Somme to Afghanistan looks at the perspectives of different voices caught up in conflict, from aggressor and victim to soldier and civilian.

After well-received performances last year, the production is setting out on a larger tour this summer, calling at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre on Wednesday, June 3.

The production offers stories of war from across the world, from the trenches of the Somme and the horrors of the Second World War, to the Holocaust, Vietnam, Iraq and

Afghanistan.

Amongst the poems chosen for The Hundred Years’ War are French and German views of trench warfare in the First World War and visions of life on the home front in the Second World War. This is the first time that many of the 35 poems have been heard in the UK.

There are searing personal accounts of loss and violence in Bosnia, and the words of a Vietnamese fighter who has shot a friend from childhood, the old ties severed by war.

Tickets from £12 to £14. Contact 01298 72190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk