Great War dramatisation project gets under way in Cheshire


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A DRAMA project to allow children to help create a brand new piece of drama based on the First World War diaries of a Cheshire nurse begins next week.

Mabel’s War, a partnership project with the Cheshire Military Museum, Grosvenor Museum and Minerva Arts, starts on Saturday, January 18, from 10am to noon.

The 10-week drama project will take inspiration from the 100-year-old notebooks of Mabel, a Cheshire nurse who collected stories, poems, letters and drawings from the soldiers she cared for in the First World  War.

The free weekly workshops will take place at the Cheshire Military Museum in Chester and run by artistic director Steph Brocken, from Minerva Arts. They are designed for children aged seven to 11, with children wishing to take part in the drama project needing to book by Friday.

Steph said: “We are delighted to get the Mabel’s War project started and it will be really exciting to see what the weekly drama sessions produce. Places are strictly limited so make sure you book your place and don’t miss being part of a unique performance.”

As well as the drama project, the Mabel’s War project consists of other workshops inspired by Mabel’s notebooks. School children will create scrapbooks like Mabel’s, West Cheshire College’s adult students will produce poetry and nursing students and retired nurses will take part in an art project.

Cllr Stuart Parker, councillor for culture at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Mabel’s War is an exciting project, with these charming notebooks at the heart of it. They offer us a glimpse into the life of the wounded soldiers during the Great War and it will be fascinating to see how the adults and children respond to it. 2014 is going to be the year that we all remember the outbreak of the Great War and we are excited to be working on this partnership project which is part of the Cheshire’s Great War Stories project.”

The work produced by Mabel’s War will be on display at the Cheshire Military Museum in March. On Thursday, April 17 there will be a talk on Mabel and the project and in the Easter holiday’s so families will have the chance to be inspired and draw like Mabel. All events take place at  Cheshire Military Museum.

Mabel’s War is part of the Cheshire’s Great War Stories, commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

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