Asunder - 14-18 NOW

Extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War

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Bob Stanley

Asunder

10 July 2016 - 12 February 2017

SUNDERLAND, LONDON

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Image credit: 'Deptford' courtesy of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

Asunder

Image credit: 'Deptford' courtesy of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

In July one hundred years ago, British, French and German forces began one of the most traumatic battles in military history. Over the course of just four months in 1916, more than one million soldiers were captured, wounded or killed in the Battle of the Somme, a confrontation of unimaginable horror. This ambitious new event explores the legacy of the Somme through the prism of a single city – Sunderland.

Esther Johnson’s film uses local archive footage to convey the story of the city’s involvement in the First World War, from the men who fought in the fields to those who stayed behind to work in the region’s shipyards and munitions factories. The soundtrack to the film is being created by two renowned North East bands, Sunderland’s Field Music and Newcastle’s Warm Digits, who will perform live with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Guided by writer and musician Bob Stanley, Asunder receives its world premiere at a major event in Sunderland close to the 100th anniversary of the battle’s first salvos.

‘The performance will be alluring, poetic and political. I want everyone who sees it to take pride in the region’s unique history and to feel they can help to build its future.’
Bob Stanley, Creative Producer

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Sunderland Cultural Partnership

Dates, Times & Locations

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Performances with Live Music
10 July 2016, 16:00 & 21:00 Sunderland Empire
12 February 2017, 20:00 Barbican London

Cinema Screenings
18 April 2017, 19:30 Regent Street Cinema London
plus Q&A with Director/co-producer Esther Johnson and Writer/co-producer Bob Stanley
21 May 2017, 15:15 Tyneside Cinema Newcastle
plus Q&A with Esther Johnson and Bob Stanley
21 June 2017 , School screening 10:00, and Evening screening 19:00 QUAD Derby
plus Q&A with Esther Johnson
10 September 2017, 15:30 Filmhouse Edinburgh
plus Q&A with Esther Johnson

Symposia Presentation
23 April 2017, 11:30–18:00 The Sound Of Memory, Sound-track / Sound-scape Whitechapel Gallery, Zilkha Auditorium, London

Community Screenings
19 April 2017, 13:30 and 19:00 Arts Centre Washington Sunderland
26 April 2017 , 18:00, free Holmeside Coffee Sunderland
02 May 2017 , 10:00, free The Cultural Spring Creative Space, The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland
07 May 2017 , 19:30 Phoenix Theatre Blyth
tbc May 2017, time tbc Holmfirth Film Festival West Yorkshire
02 July 2017, 13:30, free Miners’ Hall Redhills Durham

 

Creative Team

Bob Stanley Creative Producer
Esther Johnson Film
Field Music, Warm Digits,
Royal Northern Sinfonia Music

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