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Ensemble

Britten and Owen

A double bill from Sinfonia Viva and The Lost Boys,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

Derby's industrial museum, The Silk Mill, is currently (until 23 July 2017) hosting the Weeping Window segment of the sculpture of ceramic poppies that first went on display at the Tower of London three years ago to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. To tie in with this, Sinfonia Viva and local theatre company The Lost Boys have created a double-bill, premiered just across the road in Derby Cathedral (Derby, UK, 28 June 2017), and which they plan to take on tour around the East Midlands next year.

The first half comprised Strange Meeting, Peter Roberts' one-act play based on Wilfred Owen's poem of the same name, describing a dream in which a British soldier meets the German he killed the day before, and their tentative reconciliation. With Paul Broesmith as narrator, Joe (Thomas Farthing) and Albrecht (Mathew Shepherd) played out their parallel existences amid what the programme described as the '90% boredom and 10% terror' of the trenches...

Copyright © 6 July 2017 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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SINFONIA VIVA

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

WAR REQUIEM

DERBY CATHEDRAL

DERBY

UNITED KINGDOM

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