‘We will remember them’ – Duns Players’ WW1 tribute

Following the success of previous Remembrance Day productions Duns Players will be giving another poignant performance in the Volunteer Hall, Duns, on Sunday, November 9, at 7.30pm.

Performed by Shirley Redpath, Lynn Gray, Ben Foreman, Dougal Affleck and Peter Lerpiniere, under the directorial hands of John McEwen and Eloner Crawford ‘We Will Remember Them’ will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, a war that was supposed to end all wars.

Using selected songs, poems, newspaper reports and witness accounts to try to make human what is to some extent too huge to contemplate ‘The Players’ will weave together the silken threads which tied the rural community of Berwickshire to the events on the world stage.

The Players’ three previous Remembrance Day productions - The Brylcreem Boys, Flare Path and last year’s Forties Night - all raised money for forces charities and this year it will be the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Families Association (SSAFA) who will benefit from their efforts.

“It’s great to have support from local organisations like Duns Players and it will be great if people can come along,” said a SSAFA spokesperson.

“The SSAFA provides lifelong support to those who are currently serving or who have ever served in the British Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, and their families.

“We offer practical, emotional and financial support to meet individual needs through our network of trained volunteers.”

To enhance the quality of the Players’ performance, a BBC Performing Arts Fund grant has been used to engage vocal coach, Cathie Owens, to deliver a vocal workshop for the cast.

Peter Lerpiniere, chair of Duns Players said: “The grant from the BBC PAF allows us to engage Cathie again later in November to run a further workshop, free, and open to the community and will also fund the Movement in Theatre workshop with Kedzie Penfield on November 15.