Night of the Zeppelin: 100 Years On

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A unique dramatic production is coming 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 is 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 have been working 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 have brought together a dedicated group of performers, musicians, singers and storytellers who will take you 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 is not being confined to one venue.

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

The venues range from open-air spaces such as Queen’s Park and the Market Place to pubs, restaurants and community spaces. You can create your own journey to hear these tales of the Zeppelin, and to encounter the fascinating characters from Loughborough’s past. Perhaps you 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 you have heard all the stories throughout the day we would like to invite you to the grand finale performance at Loughborough All Saint’s Parish Church.

The performances will take place twice - once on the Saturday and again on the Sunday. Each day begins at The Dome, our HQ in the centre of Queen’s Park on Granby Street, Loughborough (you can’t miss it!).

Audiences are invited to assemble there at 1.30pm on Saturday 14th May or 10.30am on Sunday 15th May but can also join this fascinating journey at any point.

Schedules of performance times and locations are available from the Night of the Zeppelin leaflets to be found in shops and community spaces in town.

These are also available from the Charnwood Arts office at 27 Granby Street, Loughborough and on their website at www.charnwoodarts.com.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of not only a unique theatrical experience but also a truly historic event in the story of Loughborough.

More information from Kevin Ryan at Charnwood Arts on 01509-822558 or by e-mail to info@charnwoodarts.com

Past Events

Sun 15th May, 2016

Night of the Zeppelin: Day Two

Night of the Zeppelin: Day Two

All Day @ Various Venues in Loughborough

A unique dramatic production, performed exactly 100 years after the terrifying real life events that inspired it. Read More »

Sat 14th May, 2016

Night of the Zeppelin: Day One

Night of the Zeppelin: Day One

All Day @ Various Venues in Loughborough

A unique dramatic production, performed exactly 100 years after the terrifying real life events that inspired it. Read More »

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