Lest we forget true heroes

From poignant plays to a touching exhibition and a special concert, a series of events are being staged over the next few weeks to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Alnwick Playhouse is hosting two themed shows, while Alnwick and District Choral Society will perform a programme of music at the town’s St Paul’s Church.

On Remembrance Sunday, a First World War display will go on show at Acklington Village Hall, featuring postcards and 120 biographies of local men who served in the war, including those from Warkworth and Acklington. From noon to 5pm on November 9. Free admission. Teas available.

Alnwick-based Northumberland Theatre Company will be performing Notes from the Front in the Playhouse studio tonight, at 7.30pm. This emotive piece of theatre is a dramatisation of contemporary testimony, poetry and song, written and performed by David Telfer, as a tribute to his great-grandfather who fell at Gallipoli in August 1915. Tickets are £8, £7 conc.

On Sunday at 7.30pm, the Playhouse hosts Not About Heroes, by Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park. Through the letters and poems of war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, Stephen MacDonald’s acclaimed play paints a moving picture of their friendship and the conflict that brought them together. It is suitable for ages 13+ and tickets are £12 premier, £11 standard, £10 conc and £8 child/students. Tickets for both shows are available by calling 01665 510785.

Alnwick and District Choral Society will be performing Faure’s Requiem and Jenkin’s The Armed Man on Sunday, November 9, at 7.30pm. The choir will also perform a piece, In Flanders Fields, composed by its musical director Peter Brown. Accompaniment will be by Alan Gidney on organ, together with two trumpeters and a percussion/tympanist. Entry is £10 by programme on the door. Students go free.