Toby Thompson’s vibrant and affecting performance poem brings the story of one town’s terrible tragedy during the First World War compellingly to life..
“…a wonderful gift for language, a deep sensibility and a penetrating sense of perspective.”
(Sir Ken Robinson. Renowned Educationalist and Creativity Champion)
In just two days during May 1915 The Battle of Aubers Ridge cost 11,000 British casualties for no material strategic gain. The men of Northampton were badly hit as the Northamptonshire Regiment suffered overwhelming and disproportionate losses.
The eternal question around the futility of war is laid bare as we join these men and their loved ones on their inexorable journey from the sunny and optimistic spring of 1914 to its fateful outcome.
Toby’s unique poetic voice draws us closer and closer into the lives of those affected as we feel their love, their sacrifice and their loss, and are forced to consider the implications of terrible things done in our name.
A hundred years after the battle, during 2015, director Jesse Jones commissioned Toby Thompson to write and perform ‘A Day to Remember’ for the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton. Its purpose was to commemorate the event for the town, and to explore the inescapable themes and issues that arise. It was first performed in Northampton on Remembrance Sunday following the 100th anniversary of the battle.
On Remembrance Day this year, this exclusive performance is again directed by Jesse Jones and precedes a full UK tour of the production during 2018, the centenary of the end of the First World War.