Youngsters will stage war show tribute

TRIBUTE TO FALLEN ... members of the Customs House youth theatre group.
TRIBUTE TO FALLEN ... members of the Customs House youth theatre group.

YOUNG talents from across the region have been enlisted to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Customs House in South Shields will play host to the showcase evening, called The World At War, tonight.

It will consist of performances by six acts featuring drama, dance and music.

Those performing are the Customs House youth theatre group, ukulele player James Bassett, the Junior Westovians and the Vision Drama Group, all from South Shields, as well as Cramlington’s Stephanie Morgan School of Dance and Newcastle’s Skimstone Arts.

Fiona Kelly, the Customs House’s cultural development officer, said: “We felt it was important that we gave the young people of the region an opportunity to commemorate the First World War, and we’re delighted such a diverse group came forward.

“Every group has approached the task of marking the event very differently.

“We have specially-commissioned pieces, ukuleles, farce, dancing, poems and a whole lot more.

“It is an absolute honour to host this performance to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the Great War and to be able to give our talented young people a platform to perform their creative and thoughtful work.

“We hope it will be an enjoyable evening.”

Skimstone Arts is performing A Natural Anthem, a humorous, song-led performance, and the Junior Westovians group is staging a self-penned farce called Charlie’s Pants.

The Customs House youth theatre group has also put together its own piece, called For the Fallen, using poems and music from the era, as well as contemporary news articles.

The other performers will be taking a look at life back on the home front during the four-year conflict.

James Bassett will be playing and singing songs from the period, with the help of his ukulele.

The Stephanie Morgan School of Dance will be giving a feel for how the women at home stayed optimistic in their dance piece Marching On, and the Vision Drama Group will be performing their newly-devised piece Beyond The Trenches.

Tickets for the 7.45pm show cost £5. To book, go to or call the box office on 454 1234.

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