A play about Levant Miners in the 1st World War will give audience members the identity of a real soldier
Source: The Cornishman
"AUDIENCE members at a planned project to commemorate the miners of a west Cornwall community who marched off to war in 1914 may get a little more than they bargained for.
In what is being billed as "an intense theatrical experience", they will be conscripted, given the identity of a real Levant miner who fought in the First World War, kitted out and then march off to the trenches.
They will then find out what it was like to live under constant bombardment on the Western Front.
The simulation is being planned to commemorate the many men from Levant Mine, near Pendeen, who went off to war, and is being organised by Collective Arts Ltd and Miracle Theatre.
The companies will be working with students from local schools and the University of Exeter, alongside community and professional actors to bring the event to life.
The project has already secured a Heritage Lottery Fund award, and funding from partner organisations Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and the National Trust.
But before the show – planned for 2015 – can go on, it needs research volunteers.
Levant Mine custodian Anthony Power said: "The project requires an enormous amount of research and it is hoped that the material gathered will shed greater light on the history of Levant mine and the miners who fought in the First World War.
"This will create an important legacy, and provide a more definitive outline of the mining community around Levant mine from 1914 up to the present day. The project will also highlight the Levant mining disaster of 1919, and research those miners who survived the horrors of the war only to tragically die at Levant a year after the armistice."
Collective Arts creative director Jason Squibb said: "Families and relatives are already starting to get in touch with the most fascinating and poignant stories from Levant and the surrounding area; of brothers who were both tunnellers killed a few miles apart, and one soldier from Levant who woke up only to find himself on a mortuary slab."
Jason hopes that more relatives of men who fought from the area can assist them in their research.
The information and material gathered will be exhibited by Levant Mine and the National Trust during the production.
The performance will have about 80 participants each playing a real life character from the First World War.
To find out more about becoming a researcher contact Anthony Power on 01736 787634 or Jason Squibb on 07932 370031, or e-mail Jason on firstname.lastname@example.org
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