The impact of war laid bare

Pentabus Theatre presents Each Slow Dusk.
Pentabus Theatre presents Each Slow Dusk.

A startling and timely new play that takes a contemporary look at the impact war had, and continues to have, on rural communities is being performed next week.

Each Slow Dusk, by nationally-acclaimed Pentabus Theatre, is touring to Whittingham Memorial Institute – for the only performance in Northumberland – with Highlights Touring Scheme.

This powerful and dramatic new play is about the legacy of the war; how events become myths through the art that comes afterwards and how individual stories become communal experiences.

It charts the experience of a young farm worker serving on the Western Front, linking his story to a woman today, just home to her village after a tour of the battlefields.

The play immerses audiences in the reality of conflict to give a fresh way of thinking about war, from the soldier’s perspective then, and the women’s perspective now.

Each Slow Dusk was written exclusively for rural touring by one of the UK’s most exciting new writers, Rory Mullarkey.

Mullarkey is a winner of the Harold Pinter and George Devine Awards, and is under commission to the Royal Court and the National Theatre – rather wonderful that alongside the largest stages in the UK, he is also writing for village-hall touring and the Whittingham Memorial Institute audience will be among the first to see the work of this astonishing new talent.

Geoff Hoskin, promoter at Whittingham Memorial Institute, said: “We are privileged to have this amazing and moving new play coming to Whittingham as part of our First World War commemorations in the week of Armistice Day.

“Don’t miss this opportunity to see exceptional play.”

Each Slow Dusk is performed at Whittingham Memorial Institute on Friday, November 14, at 7.30pm.

Tickets – adults £8, concessions £7, children £4, family £18 – are available from the box office on 01665 574964 or online at www.highlights north.co.uk

The Highlights scheme currently supports 25 venues across Northumberland.