Inverclyde Community Development Trust have secured £28,500 from Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots programme to work with local young people to explore personal histories and archives relating to the First World War.
The project, based at the historic Dutch Gable House, will create a drama and a broadsheet style newspaper style based on the personal stories of those who left the area to fight the war, but also, crucially, the families of those left behind who served the war effort in other ways – such as working in the Torpedo Factory.
Pupils from Saint Columba’s High School have already started their research in the Watt Library archives, and are developing the script for their play with local playwright Dan McCahon. The play will be performed in the Albany theatre over the summer.
Project coordinator Kay Clark explains how the project developed, “We created a number of short drama pieces through the Identity project last year, one of them Guerra Guerra focussed on the experiences of the Italian community during the Second World War, some of the young people involved had enjoyed the project so much they wanted to try something else. The idea to explore the First World War was really driven by those young people, but as usual, we’re all learning things we’d never known about our town and our area.”
Trust Operations Manager Paul Bristow said, “This is the first in a series of projects which are going to be working from Dutch Gable House over the next year. The Dutch Gable is all about stories, and so I’m really pleased that we are able to respectfully explore the human impacts and histories of the First World War story in the centenary year.”
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