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"Night of the Zeppelin" a Massive Success!

"Night of the Zeppelin" a Massive Success!

Tue 17th May, 2016 by Charnwood Arts

A unique dramatic production came to Loughborough on Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th, exactly 100 years after the terrifying real life events that inspired it.

Night of the Zeppelin was an exciting, ambitious community play with a difference telling the story of the German air raid that took place in Loughborough on January 31st 1916.

On that fateful Monday evening all those years ago, the German L20 Zeppelin found the lights of Loughborough in the darkness and dropped four bombs on to the town, killing ten innocent civilians, devastating buildings and bringing the Great War very close to home.

Charnwood Arts, Loughborough College, Excavate and Chorus Theatre worked together with various partners and venues throughout Loughborough to recreate this key moment in the history of our town in a vivid and very personal way.

The partners brought together a dedicated group of performers, musicians, singers and storytellers who took audiences back in time to tell the stories of those who were caught up in this tragedy - the victims, the families and the bystanders who shared that tragic night.

Such a huge story was not confined to one venue.

In a move never before attempted the stories of families and individuals took place in a variety of locations across the centre of Loughborough during the weekend and could be seen in any order by the audience.

The venues ranged from open-air spaces such as Queen’s Park and the Market Place to pubs, restaurants and community spaces. The audience created their own journey to hear these tales of the Zeppelin, and to encounter the fascinating characters from Loughborough’s past. People could have a pizza with Sarah Oram and Martha Shipman, a pint with the journalists, reporting on the event or buy an iconic artefact from one of our street traders.

And once all the stories had been heard throughout the day, the audience was invited to the grand finale performance at Loughborough All Saint’s Parish Church.

The performances took place twice - once on the Saturday and again on the Sunday -each day begiinning at The Dome HQ in the centre of Queen’s Park on Granby Street, Loughborough.

The project proved to be a huge success, with packed out performances and an enthusiastic response from the large audiences. Take a look at the Charnwood Arts "Night of the Zeppelin" Facebook pages (below) to see a wonderful collection of performance and rehearsal photographs of this unique event!

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