Issued: March 29, 2016
PICTURE: A picture can be viewed and downloaded HERE
(back, left to right) Leo Vincent, John Everett and Kyle Elliott with Brendan Everett (front)
The Last Poppy Has Fallen
Four boys at The Boswells School, Chelmsford, joined other students from various Essex schools, alongside musicians, councillors and a poet to commemorate the lives of individuals, families and communities in Essex during the First World War.
The project has been running since 2014 and the Showcase performance at The Civic Theatre (Wednesday, March 23) was an opportunity for some of the songs, poetry, dances and stories to be told to an audience.
The four Boswells students had worked alongside choreographer Robert Gentle to create two contrasting dance pieces that each told a story about the lives of some of these local boys who went to war.
Paul Butler, Head of Performing Arts at The Boswells School, said: "The boys were very fortunate to have a live folk band that played and sung the songs that they danced to, which brought the work to life.
"The evening was a wonderful opportunity for all those who attended to stop, reflect and remember these events from our past - and understand some of what went on over 100 years ago."
Leo Vincent, Kyle Elliott, John Everett and Brendan Everett performed alongside dancers from DNA Studios and Harlow College to deliver the original and moving stories from the First World War.