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The Unremembered – Labour Corps in Sussex in WWI lunchtime talk

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Nicola Benge, Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will give a free talk on the topic of Labour Corps (Service Personnel) in Sussex during WWI to commemorate this forgotten contribution during the Great War. More project information here

This is a lunchtime talk, so feel free to bring a packed lunch to munch on whilst the talk takes place. Coffee and tea will be available for donations.

Book your free place here

Monday 19th November 2-4pm – FREE

Who were the Labour Corps?:

The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.

British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.

Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.

The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups.

Project Details:

We’re pleased to have been commissioned to become a hub in Brighton and Hove by the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.

The Unremembered project background:

This project is about the Labour Corps – Service Personnel in the British Army who have been forgotten and aren’t often commemorated. The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups and draw this forgotten history into the light.

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Collection of John Sheen author of histories of the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry.

 The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.

British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.

Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.

 

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Trench Brothers concert – Wed 17th October, Brighton Dome

Trench Brothers

A new music theatre work commemorating in Brighton the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through music, theatre and puppetry.

Strike a Light has been part of the Trench Brothers project with HMDT Music and this great event is part of this on Wednesday 17th Oct at the Brighton Dome. There’s still tickets available here: https://brightondome.org/event/18306/trench_brothers/

Trench Brothers concert

Music: Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor

Libretto: Tertia Sefton-Green

Trench Brothers is a new music theatre work commemorating in Brighton the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through music, theatre and puppetry, bringing to life their hopes and fears, their longing for home, their camaraderie, courage and valour.

Directed by Clare Whistler and Freya Wynn-Jones to Neil Irish’s designs, it features over 250 children from local primary schools in Brighton, Newhaven, Lewes and Seaford alongside acclaimed jazz vocalist of the year and MOBO nominated Cleveland Watkiss and ‘superb’ (The Times) opera singer Damian Thantrey.

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Renowned jazz composer Julian Joseph and award-winning composer Richard Taylor are joined by composers Michael Betteridge, Jenny Gould, Matthew King, James Redwood and Omar Shahryar in a unique collaboration drawing together work developed with schools across London, Lancashire and the South East since 2014.This powerful centenary event is made all the more poignant by its location in Brighton Dome, which served as an Indian Military Hospital during the war.

There will be a pre-performance talk about the creation of Trench Brothers with Julian Joseph, Richard Taylor and Tertia Sefton-Green. Tickets to the evening performance also give access to the pre-performance talk.

http://www.hmdt.org.uk/hmdtmusic/trenchbrothers/performance/

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Trench Brothers project in partnership with Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage

The Unremembered – Project dates for Brighton

Project Details:

We’re pleased to have been commissioned to become a hub in Brighton and Hove by the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.

Events:

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver workshops in October and November 2018 (We will confirm dates very soon) in Brighton and Hove with ten different groups in ten different venues across the city to look at the theme of The Unremembered. We aim to commemorate the Labour Corps service personnel and their experiences.

Free drop in families puppet making sessions (at following venues and times):

  • Monday 29th October – 1.45-4.15pm: ONCA at The Barge, The Waterfront, Brighton BN2 5UU
  • Thursday 1st November – 12-3pm: Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
  • Saturday 24th November – 12-5pm: Black History Day at The Dome, Brighton.
  • Sunday 25th November – 11-1pm: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton.

and

Monday 19th November 2-3pm: Talk on Labour Corps and Sussex at Strike a Light, Brighton Open Market, Studio 8 (Mezzanine), Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU.

*** More dates tbc ***

The Unremembered project background:

This project is about the Labour Corps – Service Personnel in the British Army who have essentially been pretty forgotten and aren’t really commemorated anywhere. The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups.

Who were the Labour Corps?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Collection of John Sheen author of histories of the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry.

 The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.

British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.

Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.

Events:

We are working engaging with freelancers and volunteers to deliver a series of history and resource led activities which focus on the art of making articulated paper puppets (a common past time a centenary ago) with community groups and families.

These puppets are a mixture of pre-printed on cardboard outline templates which can then be designed, created and compiled by participants and for those with dexterity issues or the very young, pre-designed printed templates which can be assembled with support and displayed.  We will use fabric scraps, wrapping paper and wall paper to create overlaid uniforms for these puppets and to bring them to life.

We will also create activities to create dressing paper dolls, so creating the one dimensional paper dolls through templates which are cut out and then one dimensional clothing made relevant to our theme which can then be folded over the puppet body. These dolls were popular during WWI and were still printed then despite paper shortages.

Both these forms of puppet making are ideal for classroom and community projects because they are made with everyday craft supplies and reused materials.

The puppet theme for this project is two-fold – one that it is an engaging and accessible way to teach young people and community groups who are unaware of this lost period of history about the Labour Corps, and secondly that the puppets can be seen as a metaphor for the role of the Labour Corps in terms of having no control over their work or location, that they were moved around like mules and essentially treated as such too. This will be a way to valorise those men and celebrate their role.

This will help to remember some of the soldiers who served with the Labour Corps and their link with Sussex and draw this forgotten history into the light.

https://strikealight.org/projects/the-unremembered-project/

 

That’s all from AfrikaBa 2018!

That’s AfrikaBa for another year! Thank you to all the wonderful people who came to our varied cultural activities in Hastings in September and October.

We hope to see you again in 2019!

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Strike a Light partnered with AfriKàBa, the Hastings based festival of African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture, alongside Hastings Borough Council, and the Electric Palace Cinema.

AfriKàBa is an annual festival that showcases high quality work from artists with African and Caribbean heritage and engages audiences with unique and enriching experiences.

We had funding to provide free activities that positively promote African Caribbean culture, crafts and food including:

  • African Caribbean family activities for the public, all ages and backgrounds.
  • Drumming and singing workshops
  • Storytelling for families
  • Demonstration and tasting of East African  cooking at the flagship facility Classroom on the Coast.

We received funding from the Chalk Cliff Trust to deliver these activities and for this many thanks!

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Indian Soldiers in Brighton & Hove in WWI talk- Shoreham Wordfest

Indian soldiers talk - Wordfest

This evening!

An event to celebrate Black History Month

Presented by Creative Director of Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage Nicola Benge about the period of history around Indian Soldiers at Brighton Pavilion in WWI and also in conversation with author and teacher Umi Sinha, who will read and discuss extracts from her novel, ‘Belonging’.

This will be followed by a live Q+A with speakers.

Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War One, and over 74,000 of them lost their lives, but history has mostly forgotten these sacrifices.

This hour-long illustrated talk (from both fact and fiction perspectives) explores how the presence of Indian Soldiers hospitalised at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton between 1915- 1916 impacted on the city and the soldiers themselves during the First World War and beyond.

Monday 8th October 7.30pm at Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham.

Tickets available for £6: https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/indian-soldiers-in-ww1-nicola-benge/

This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest

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New Courses from Strike a Light

We’re running two training courses at our studio this summer: a one day Introduction to Reminiscence day for beginners and those interested in finding out more about this area on 20th June, followed by a two day (much more in depth) Reminiscence Training Course on 18th and 19th July.

Fees per person per course:
£85 (Group/organisation rate per person) for one day training / £60 individuals
Two day training: £140 organisations (per person) /£100 Individuals

Please email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538 to enquire or to book the courses.

Event address:
Strike a Light-Arts & Heritage
Studio 8
Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row
Brighton BN1 4JU

Find out about all the training we offer here. We can also provide bespoke in-house training for your organisation if you require it.

We aim to run more courses in autumn 2018, so do Follow our website so you can stay up to date and book your place early!

Trench Brothers project continues

161222-SS_Mendi-1The acclaimed ‘imaginative and inspiring’ Trench Brothers project commemorating the contributions and personal stories of ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War will culminate in Brighton and the South East this year.

Award winning charity HMDT Music is working with Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage, to explore the stories of the impact the Indian Army Military Hospitals in Brighton and the British West Indies Regiment training camp in Seaford, East Sussex had on local communities at the time. We will undertake visits to The Keep archives, The Chattri, Seaford Museum and Newhaven Fort as well as interview Sussex residents who may have links with this theme.

These findings will be captured and showcased as part of the interactive Trench Brothers Exhibition being shown at Newhaven Fort from 4th August 2018, which features a creative response to the research as part of a bigger event.

The final strand is an education project involving eight local schools using puppetry, composition, artefacts, costumed interpreters and cross-curricular learning, leading to them performing a newly commissioned music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green alongside jazz and opera singers, musicians and puppeteers at Brighton Dome on 17th October.

Find out more about this fascinating yet complex period of history and the result of these epic global changes affecting a small corner of Sussex.

For more information about this project contact Project Coordinator: Nicola Benge: strikealight@rocketmail.com

https://strikealight.org/projects/trench-brothers-wwi-project/


Community Works Mentoring Programme


Community Works – Mentoring

Our Creative Director Nicola took part in a short film for Brighton charity Community Works recently about their mentoring scheme.

If you’re interested in either being mentored or mentoring in 2018, we heartily recommend the project.

You can watch it here! 

Dancing with Dementia freelancers

We are currently seeking a freelance facilitator with some experience in dance, music or movement to deliver two sessions for our upcoming Dancing with Dementia project in Brighton.

Must have own existing enhanced DBS check.
If you answer this description then please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter about your experience to strikealight@rocketmail.com for a further conversation.

NOT FAR FROM THE FRONT: DISCOVERING THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN THE SOUTH EAST

Gateways to the First World War event