WWI : Forgotten Voices


Forgotten Voices
Adapted and Directed by Malcolm McKay
Based on the book Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur

Forgotten Voices, a world premiere adaptation of Max Arthur’s bestselling and acclaimed book, is based on the oral testimonies of veterans of the First World War taken from the Sound Archive of the Imperial War Museum.

The play is a distillation of these powerful witness statements into the voices of five characters (four men and one woman) who movingly reveal their memories: from the high hopes of recruitment, to the killing fields of the Somme, the terrifying, sucking mud of Paschendaele, the gas, the hunger at home and finally the relief and muted joy of victory. Through their stories we hear a complete narrative of war that claimed more lives than any other in history, up to that point.


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