Taking a Holiday

Taking a Holiday  is a tale of conscientious objectors and others who went on the run from conscription during the First World War –  and of the networks that supported them.  It has been created in collaboration with Remembering the Real WW1 and Bristol Radical History Group.

A story of struggle in wartime  – full of intrigue, escapes, comradeship…and bikes.  What does it mean to be a refugee and on the run in your own country? Who will give you a bed for the night, a job… or a means of escape? A table top and shadow puppet show based on the true stories of ordinary people in 1916/17 and the hidden history of the resistance to the war machine.

“Completely moving, totally invested in the puppets”

“Very inspiring story of resistance beautifully told and performed”

– Audience comments

Taking a Holiday is part of a wider project called Hiding Places and Hidden Histories, which has included research workshops, puppet making workshops and a history walk with puppets, Steps Against War.  It has been supported  by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and University of Bristol.

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