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.