Remembrance Sunday

Sun 11 Nov 2018 at 7.30pm

Produced by

As You Do Productions

From Heaven to Hell

Written by Danny Clifford

Directed by Sue Jenkins

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From Heaven to Hell - Epic World War One romance at the Millgate on the centennial Remembrance Sunday


On the eleventh of the eleventh, The Millgate Arts Centre is honoured to be hosting this new, heartfelt WW1 drama, one hundred years to the day since 'war to end all wars' ended.

 

'From Heaven to Hell' is an epic, action-packed romance which opens at the outbreak of World War One and honours the sacrifices made by local Salford heroes at the Battle of the Somme. It is 1914. The British Army desperately need more troops. Lord Kitchener encourages men to enlist by creating 'pals battalions', guaranteeing that if you enlist with your pals, you'll serve with your pals. A group of Salford pals, working on the Manchester Ship Canal, enlist together. Before the men head off to war they experience fun, laughter and love. 

 

This moving story not only focuses on the drama of the Battle of the Somme on the front line but follows the romantic tale of John Harper (played by Danny Clifford) and Mary Wood (played by Emily Jones). Their love is put to the ultimate test as they endure the strains of a World War romance.

 

A hundred years ago global events triggered huge social change affecting the everyday lives of ordinary people. The play is dedicated to the 24 officers and 650 men from the 1st Salford Pals who fought at the battle where more than one million men were wounded or killed. In the first 30 minutes alone, 21 officers and 449 men from the Salford Pals had become casualties.

 

Manchester playwright and actor, Danny Clifford was inspired to write the play after being moved by a BBC documentary. Since its first incarnation last year as a one-act play, it has been nominated for 'Best Drama' at the Greater Manchester Fringe arts festival and has now been re-written as two-act play with the addition of new characters. Danny also appears in the play, leading a cast of eight talented actors in this timely tribute. 

 

This performance is proud to support

the British Legion's Poppy Appeal.

 

We welcome Sue Jenkins (Brookside, Coronation St) back to the Millgate as director. She last directed 'Narcissist in the Mirror' here, which went on to win 'Best New Play' at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

 

CAST:

Danny Clifford as John Harper

Peter Ash as William Jones

Emily Jones as Mary Wood

Caroline Wagstaffe as Betty Jones

Callum Arnott as Sergeant Hunt

Matt Hall as Ben Shiften

Alex Slater as Fergus Finney

Luke Richards as Charlie Edwards

 


Pictures by Shay Rowan @shayster57

Tickets £15 (£13 for students under the age of 21) NB The show starts at 7.30pm

Bookings can be made in person, by phone or onlineThe box office (at Delph Library) is open Tuesdays 2pm–5pm; Wednesdays  2pm–7pm; Thursdays 1pm-6pm and Fridays & Saturdays from 9:30am–1pm. The box office at Delph Library telephone number is 01457 874644. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking. You can select your seats at the time of booking. Tickets are non-re-fundable.