The Hospital was a community led project generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The funding enabled us to work for 6 months researching the role of the Hospital in Tewkesbury during World War One and the brave people who worked there or were patients.
We then worked with over 80 young people from our youth theatre to create an immersive site specific piece of theatre based on the research. Over the course of a week, the whole theatre was transformed by a team of designers and became the backdrop for the stories.
The upstairs bar became the hospital, downstairs became the barracks, backstage domestic rooms, an antarctic tent, a doctors room and outside an allotment area. 80 young people were costumed; a requiem was especially commissioned and sung at the end of the piece.
After the weekend of performance we took elements of the project on tour to rural villages. We have also been asked to perform the Requiem at Tewkesbury Abbey in October.