In 2013 I was invited (along with a cohort of young scouts) to participate in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.
The Last Post ceremony takes place every day, at 8pm. Buglers close the road which runs beneath the gate, and guests are invited to lay wreaths for fallen comrades, and specifically those who died during the Great War 1914 - 1918.
As the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities was approaching I decided I wanted to write a stage play. At the time, I worked in a High School as a Learning Manager (kind of an on-site supply teacher), and so youth issues, and young people were at the front of my mind.
I wrote a simple, one act play, which told the story of a teenage boy who, although under the legal age to enlist, finds himself on the front line in the trenches of northern France.
In order to create an accurate piece of theater, I traveled throughout Belgium, Germany, and France and researched heavily.
The story is one I am still proud of today, and was performed by a young cast from the school at which I taught.
It was performed to the general public in 2014 at the Imperial War Museum, North, United Kingdom.
Take a look at some of the designs, photos, and script excerpts.