Out of the Silence

Event Date April 13, 2016 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Location – Atrium Theatre

This event is free, but registration is required.

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The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling and Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival are joining forces to bring you a series of performances and seminars exploring what drives us to tell the particular stories we choose to tell. The third event in the series is a performance by storytellers Simon Heywood and Shonaleigh followed by a discussion with GEECS steering group member Richard Hand.

Stories of the Conscientious Objectors.
The forgotten story of the sixteen thousand who refused to kill

Listen to extracts from Out of the Silence

Of the millions conscripted in 1916, sixteen thousand claimed the new right to conscientious objection. Churchgoers, trade unionists, labour activists – there were so many that the state had no idea what to do with them all. Their memory has been neglected, and they are still dismissed as cranks.

The one thing every objector had to learn was how to account for his choices, and tell his own story. Drawing on first-hand accounts, letters, diaries and memoirs, storyteller and former peaceworker Simon Heywood brings the voices of the conscientious objectors out of the silence, with original songs composed and sung by Shonaleigh.

Post-show discussion with Simon Heywood, Shonaleigh and Richard Hand

Professor Richard J. Hand is Professor of Theatre and Media Drama at the University of South Wales. Richard has written extensively on adaptation, horror studies, European theatre, radio drama, and popular culture. His publications include Octave Mirbeau: Two Plays (2012), The Radio Drama Handbook (with Mary Traynor, 2011), Terror on the Air: Horror Radio in America, 1931-52 (2006), The Theatre of Joseph Conrad: Reconstructed Fictions (2005). His London’s Grand-Guignol and the Theatre of Horror (with Mike Wilson, 2007) was nominated for the Society for Theatre Research Book Award 2007. Richard is a member of the steering group of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales.

Live storytelling by Simon Heywood.
Songs composed and performed by Shonaleigh.

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