Notes From The Front

A new play, based on the First World War and written as a tribute to its creator’s great grandfather travels to three Lancashire venues in July.

“Notes From The Front” by David Telfer will visit St. Cuthbert’s Church in Lytham on Friday 1 July at 7.30pm, followed by a performance at Tosside Village Hall on Saturday 2 June at 7.30pm.

Finally the show will travel to Samlesbury War Memorial Hall for a special event on Sunday 3 June, beginning with a three course lunch from 12.30pm ahead of the performance at 2pm. The Samlesbury event is to celebrate the completion of the hall’s “Soldiers of Samlesbury from The Great War” project.

Tickets for the Lytham show can be purchased from the Lowther Pavilion, rather than St. Cuthbert’s Church itself and the number to call is 01253 794 221. The Tosside show can be booked by calling 01729 840272 and the Samlesbury show can be booked by calling 01772 877248 with the three course meal included in the ticket price.

“Notes From The Front” is a dramatization of contemporary testimony, poetry and song, written and performed with compassion and humour by David Telfer as a tribute to his great grandfather who fell at Gallipoli on 8 August 1915.

What drives/enables ordinary men to fight in battle? Is it ever possible to understand what they think or feel without directly experiencing it?

This compelling one-man show will be told through anecdote, poetry, prose and song covering the experiences of soldiers throughout history with a particular focus on the First World War, including regional material on the PALs.

Whilst many of the stories are necessarily tragic, there is humour, hope and honour too, a fitting celebration of those who gave their lives and commemoration of a global event that defined a generation.

Speaking ahead of the Lancashire shows, Telfer said:

“Having already had the idea to write this show, I turned my attentions to researching my great-grandfather, Henry, who fell at Gallipoli in 1915, and I learned of the truly extraordinary circumstances surrounding his death. This story provides a particularly personal element to a play that covers the experiences of soldiers throughout history and I’m looking forward to bringing this commemorative show to Lancashire’s rural audiences.”

More information on the show and how to book tickets can be found here.