Background: The Big Brum World War One Project, 'The End of Reason 1914-1918'

In 2014 Big Brum began an ambitious five year project, 'The End of Reason' to create, produce and tour five plays and Theatre in Education programmes between 2014-2018, exploring aspects of the war years from 1914-1918, and especially to focus on the stories of ordinary men and women forever changed by their roles in the ‘war to end all wars’. The plays and Theatre in Education learning programmes would be aimed primarily at children and young people aged 9 to 14, Years 5 to 9, upper primary school pupils and lower school secondary students.

In the autumn of 2014 Big Brum toured 'Home Front Front Line' and in the summer of 2015 'Sepoy's Salute' , both written by the then artistic director of Big Brum, Chris Cooper. Both tours received outstanding feedback for their authenticity and impact on the children and young people who saw the plays and participated in the workshops.

'Sepoy's Salute' written & directed by Chris Cooper. Actors Dhiren Gadhia and Danny O'Grady. Photograph by Matt Hinks
Home Front Front Line' explored the outbreak of war and the fate of young men in Pal's Battalions who happily took the King's Shilling and began military service with no idea of the mass slaughter that would soon follow. 'Sepoy's Salute' told the story of an Indian Muslim from the Punjab fighting for the British Indian Army in the forests of Northern France. 
'Sepoy's Salute' written & directed by Chris Cooper. Toured in 2015. Actor Danny O'Grady, photograph by Matt Hinks
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