Season 2018 - 14-18 NOW
14-18 NOW / What's On / 2018

What’s On

Our third and final season leads up to Armistice Day, marking the end of the war 100 years ago

London Sinfonietta

George Benjamin London Sinfonietta

London

Brand new works from national and international composers combine with Messiaen’s homage to the war dead in a special concert marking 100 years since Armistice.

100: UnEarth

Wildworks 100: UnEarth

Cornwall

The UK’s leading landscape theatre company explores the aftermath of war in this moving piece, staged in Cornwall’s magical Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Five Telegrams

Anna Meredith and 59 Productions Five Telegrams

London / Edinburgh

A unique collaboration between a brilliant young composer and the designers of War Horse, presented at both the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival.

SS Mendi: Dancing The Death Drill

Isango Ensemble, Fred Khumalo SS Mendi: Dancing The Death Drill

Southampton

More than 600 South African volunteers drowned when the boat carrying them to war sank in 1917 –but this new play relays the tale of one man who survived.

Dazzle Ship Series

Dazzle Ship Series

Tauba Auerbach / Ciara Phillips / Peter Blake / Tobias Rehberger / Carlos Cruz-diez Free

These brightly coloured boats pay homage to the hundreds of ships that were ‘dazzled’ during the First World War.

Represent

Represent

Represent invites three young female artists to explore democracy, equality and inclusion in contemporary Britain.

POPPIES: Wave and Weeping Window

POPPIES: Wave and Weeping Window

By Paul Cummins Artist & Tom Piper Designer TOURING
Ceremony

Phil Collins Ceremony

Free Gateshead / Manchester / Belfast

A film and gallery installation exploring the legacy of Friedrich Engels and the lives of 21st-century workers, with Russia’s 1917 Revolution as a pivotal moment.

The Coffin Jump

Katrina Palmer The Coffin Jump

Free Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A blend of sculpture, soundtrack and performance installed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in homage to the all-female First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY).

This Is Not For You

Graeae Theatre This Is Not For You

Free London / Stockton-on-Tees

An epic outdoor performance paying powerful tribute to Britain’s wounded war veterans, staged in both Greenwich and Stockton-on-Tees.

Xenos

AKRAM KHAN Xenos

London / Edinburgh

Akram Khan, the revered British dancer-choreographer, explores the experience of an Indian colonial soldier at war in his last ever solo performances.

Millicent Fawcett

Gillian Wearing Millicent Fawcett

Free London

Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett was unveiled on 24 April 2018 – the first statue of a woman to be installed in Parliament Square

African Soldier^

John AkomfrahAfrican Soldier^

Free London / Nottingham

One of the country’s most celebrated filmmakers remembers the millions of Africans who fought as soldiers or served as porters during the war.

Young Men

BALLETBOYZYoung Men

London

Live dance and music beautifully interweave with film when the internationally acclaimed BalletBoyz make their Wilton’s debut with YOUNG MEN.

A New Film By Peter Jackson

A New Film By Peter Jackson

Premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, screened in schools and on BBC One, this new colourised film from the Oscar-winning director uses archive footage to portray the war as never before.

Armistice^

Danny Boyle Armistice^

Free UK Wide

The brilliant British director invites communities across the UK to come together in marking 100 years since the Armistice and the end of the war.

Nissen Hut

Rachel Whiteread Nissen Hut

Part Of The Shy Sculpture Series Free Dalby Forest, Yorkshire

To mark the Forestry Commission’s centenary, the Turner Prize-winning artist continues her Shy Sculpture series deep in the heart of Yorkshire’s Dalby Forest.

WHERE ARE THE POPPIES NOW

WHERE ARE THE POPPIES NOW

By Paul Cummins & Tom Piper GLOBAL

This global digital projects aims to reunite digitally the 888,246 ceramic poppies from artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper’s 2014 installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

Memorial

Alice Oswald Memorial

Chris Drummond, Yaron Lifschitz, Helen Morse, Jocelyn Pook London

Acclaimed Australian actress Helen Morse stars in this poignant and powerful stage adaptation of Alice Oswald’s epic poem.

Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero

Marc Rees Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero

Swansea

An ambitious multimedia spectacle taking a journey through Celtic history, the First World War and contemporary conflicts.

Sylvia

Zoonation: The Kate Prince Company Sylvia

London

This vital musical homage to the campaigning suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst celebrates the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Great & Tiny War

Bobby Baker Great & Tiny War

Newcastle

Reimagining everyday life during wartime, Baker invites us on a tour of a transformed house in this immersive multimedia installation.

Everything That Happened And Would Happen

Heiner Goebbels Everything That Happened And Would Happen

Manchester

Part-performance and part-construction site, the new work from this singular German artist-composer explores the world since the outbreak of the First World War.

Not Yet At Ease

Raqs Media Collective Not Yet At Ease

Free Colchester

An immersive artwork featuring innovative video and sound installations, inspired by letters written home by soldiers during wartime.

Cause and Effect

ROUNDHOUSE WITH GAIKA, LOWKEY, AWATE AND MORECause and Effect

Free

A digital project bringing together some of the UK's most exciting new and emerging music and spoken-word artists to investigate how the First World War relates to young people in Britain today.

The Art Of Border Living

The Art Of Border Living

Northern Ireland

A sonic adventure, this creative documentary features a wealth of newly commissioned writing inspired by borderlands over the past 100 years.

Unwritten Poems

Unwritten Poems

BIRMINGHAM & HULL

New poetic perspectives on the Caribbean experience during the war, exploring the impact on both the men who served and the families they left behind.

Across And In-Between^

Suzanne Lacy Across And In-Between^

Northern Ireland

The pioneering American visual artist works with communities from both sides of the Irish border on a new project exploring identity and individuality.

Contagion

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Contagion

National tour

A powerful new dance work inspired by the rapid spread of the deadly Spanish flu pandemic, which killed millions when it emerged in 1918.

Traces Of The Great War

CHARLIE ADLARD, SIMON ARMITAGE, EDMOND BAUDOIN, JUAN DÍAZ CANALES, RÉGIS HAUTIÈRE, JOE KELLY, KRIS, THOMAS VON KUMMANT, VICTORIA LOMASKO, MAËL, DAVE MCKEAN, MIKIKO, ROBBIE MORRISON, KEN NIIMURA, SEAN PHILLIPS, IAN RANKIN, RIFF REB’S, ORIJIT SEN, BRYAN TALBOT, MARY TALBOT AND MORETraces Of The Great War

Kendal, UK / Albert, France

Dave McKean, Ian Rankin and Sean Phillips are among the stellar contributors to this new anthology of illustrated short stories exploring the resonance of the war today.

James Reese Europe And The Absence Of Ruin

Jason Moran, John AkomfrahJames Reese Europe And The Absence Of Ruin

National tour

A pioneering American musician joins an acclaimed British filmmaker in this multifaceted work that retells the story of the man who brought jazz to Europe during wartime.

All The Hills And Vales Along

James MacMillanAll The Hills And Vales Along

Cumnock / London

A major new oratorio setting the words of war poet Charles Hamilton Sorley to music, performed in two distinct arrangements in Cumnock and London.

To Fight

Blast Theory To Fight

UK Wide

An extraordinary interactive film exploring the reasons why some individuals refuse conscription and choose to remain at home during wartime.

The 306: Dusk

National Theatre of Scotland, Perth TheatreThe 306: Dusk

Perth, Scotland

Following the success of The 306: Dawn and Day, this compelling trilogy ends with a moving piece of music theatre about memory, friendship and betrayal.

Iolaire

Iain Morrison and Dalziel + Scullion, Julie Fowlis and Duncan Chisholm Iolaire

Stornoway

Two new suites of Gaelic music marking 100 years since the sinking of HMY Iolaire killed 205 servicemen returning home after the war.

Triumph To Exist

Magnus Lindberg Triumph To Exist

London

The Finnish composer’s setting of a wartime poem by compatriot Edith Soderling is given its world premiere by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

I Say Nothing

Christine Borland I Say Nothing

Free Glasgow

A powerful new work revealing hidden, dark histories behind a selection of WW1-related objects in Glasgow Museums’ collection that initially appear to be related to healing and saving lives.

Clarion Call

Byron J Scullin + Supple Fox Clarion Call

Free Ipswich Waterfront

An extraordinary large-scale public artwork, using audio technology devised for wartime to create a soundscape of immense scale.

Fashion & Freedom

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, HOLLY FULTON, ROKSANDA, J JS LEE, EMILIA WICKSTEAD, SADIE WILLIAMS, SHOWSTUDIO, LUKE SNELLINFashion & Freedom

Burton-on-Trent

The huge wartime changes in women’s lives and responsibilities inspired this innovative exhibition, which re-examined the conflict’s fashion legacy for the 21st century.

Charlie Ward

Fuel presents Sound&Fury’sCharlie Ward

Sheffield / York / Perth / Leeds

A haunting sound installation inspired by makeshift wartime hospitals on the front line.

Past Commissions 2018

The Head & the Load

William Kentridge The Head & the Load

London

Premiered in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, this ambitious installation and performance piece told the story of the African porters and carriers who served during the conflict.

Fly By Night

Duke RileyFly By Night

London

This spectacular outdoor work saw over 1500 LED-lit pigeons soar into the skies above the River Thames, paying homage to pigeons’ unsung role in the First World War. Part of LIFT 2018 and GDIF 2018.

Processions

Artichoke Processions

Belfast / Cardiff / Edinburgh / London

14-18 NOW and Artichoke invited women* and girls across the UK to join this major mass-participation artwork celebrating 100 years since women won the vote.

These Rooms

Anu and Coiscéim Dance Theatre These Rooms

London

An intense, immersive blend of theatre, dance and visual art that revisits the North King Street Massacre, a controversial flashpoint during Dublin’s 1916 Easter Rising.

WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE HERE EXHIBITION

JEREMY DELLERWE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE HERE EXHIBITION

Free UK-WIDE

An exhibition about the extraordinary living memorial to the Battle of the Somme when 1400 volunteers dressed in wartime uniform appeared unannounced across the UK.

Asunder

Bob StanleyAsunder

SUNDERLAND, LONDON

Featuring a film by Esther Johnson and a soundtrack by Field Music and Warm Digits, Asunder examined the Battle of the Somme through the prism of a single city – Sunderland.

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