There But Not There

Published: 26th September 2018

As we approach the centenary commemoration of end of the First World War it’s important to remember all those whose lives have been lost and acknowledge our living veterans who are still suffering with the mental and physical wounds of their service. Our latest theatre production ‘The Fulstow Boys’ is aiming to do just that. If you’ve already seen the play you’ll have noticed a clear silhouette of a soldier seated in the audience. This is part of a greater nationwide campaign, There But Not There.

The campaign aims to place a representative figure for every name on local war memorials around the country, in all of the places where their loss was felt. For example, in schools, theatres, workplaces and places of worship. The silhouettes of the ‘Tommies’ can be purchased and directly contribute towards the healing work charities are doing for veterans in need of help.

The There But Not There project aims to commemorate, educate and heal:

  • To commemorate the lives of all those who died in the First World War through the installation of the silhouette figures.
  • To educate all generations on why the First World War broke out, helping people understand what events led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel.
  • To heal those still struggling with the wounds of their service by raising funds through the purchase of Tommies to support the restorative work charities are doing (Help For Heroes, The Royal Foundation’s Armed Forces Programmes, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundations, and many more incredible charities).

Steelworks Theatre Company purchased one of the silhouettes in support of these charities’ life-changing work, the figure has taken a seat in every rehearsal and every performance so far. The figures will return to their original communities for Remembrance 2018, Sunday 11th November.

We urge you to come see The Fulstow Boys, it’s a fantastic piece that explores the effects of war and the importance of commemoration. Gordon Steel’s writing and directing sheds light on a remarkable true story from the village of Fulstow. Come support the amazing work Steelworks Theatre Company is doing, tickets are still available for this week’s performances.

Please click HERE to buy tickets.

For more information on There But Not There, please click HERE.