Reflecting on the life of a soldier

David Telfer in Notes From The Front.
David Telfer in Notes From The Front.
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A performance in which an ordinary soldier reflects on life through anecdote, poetry, prose and song takes place at Alnwick Playhouse tomorrow night.

And the Gazette was allowed into the dress rehearsal of Northumberland Theatre Company’s (NTC) Notes from the Front today to get a sneak preview.

Having seen it, anyone who already has tickets for tomorrow night is in for a treat and I would tell anyone else that it is well worth watching.

There are moments of real humour and some parts which genuinely moved me. If nothing else, it is a remarkable achievement by David Telfer, who not only wrote, but also performs the entire piece, in an attempt to answer the question: What makes ordinary men do extraordinary things?

Notes from the Front was, in part, inspired by David’s great-grandfather, who died in August 1915 at Gallipoli.

NTC has been able to produce the performance, which is also part of a schools project, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund through its First World War: then and now programme.

Teaming up with David, from The Forlorn Hope Theatre Company, the collaboration project will engage more than 1,600 young people and audience members throughout the North East through performances, schools workshops and an exhibition.

Notes from the Front takes place at Alnwick Playhouse, in the NTC Studio, tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm. Tickets £8, £7 concession.

It is followed by a number of performances around the north of England and Scottish Borders. Visit www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk for more information.

FULL REVIEW IN NEXT THURSDAY’S GAZETTE