A production called ‘Leaving Home’, which is produced by BBC Radio Lincolnshire alongside the University of Lincoln’s School of Performing Arts, will be making a one-off performance in Louth this Thursday (July 17).
The project will mark the tragic loss suffered by the local Beechey family, who were one of only a handful in the country to lose five sons during the First World War.
The Louth performance will include a performance from RAF Cranwell Military Wives Choir and a reading of an original radio drama, telling the story of the Beechey family.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire will broadcast the performances live, or record them for later. The radio station’s Managing Editor, Charlie Partridge, said: “The story of the Beechey boys reminds us of the unimaginable suffering endured by the war generation, and is a fitting focus for our First World War Centenary commemorations here in Lincolnshire.”
Leaving Home Executive Director, Conan Lawrence, Senior Lecturer at the University’s School of Performing Arts, added: “Staging the Beechey family’s profound experience of conflict has been humbling, and it’s an honour to work with so many partners and performers to bring their story to life. ‘Leaving Home’ showcases our collective creativity in commemorating a local story of national significance.”
• Tickets to see any of the ‘Leaving Home’ events are free, and all Leaving Home events will be recorded or broadcast live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Visit www.louthplaygoers.com/event/leaving-home for further details and to book a place at the Louth performance on Thursday.