Weekly sessions begin at Queensbridge School
|'Over The Top'. Actors Roseanna Baggott as 'the Sister', Siobhan Twomey as 'Kitty'. Photograph by Matt Hinks.|
Big Brum staff attended an event at Highbury Hall on 13th September, led by the People's Heritage Co-operative, which launched their learning resource, 'Untold Stories, Birmingham's wounded from WW1', which told the stories of the many hospitals in and around Birmingham, and the soldiers that survived the war, albeit with life changing injuries such as loss of limbs, blindness and mental health issues.
|Second session at Queensbridge with the young people. Conor, Rosie and Siobhan create a new scene. Photo by Matt Hinks|
In smaller groups the young people created frozen pictures of the scenes in the hospital, and Kitty with Jimmy in Ireland. They are asked to explain the pictures and how the characters are feeling in the various moments. It was fascinating to see the moments chosen, it might be expected that the scenes would be those most obviously dramatic, such as the battle scenes and the scene where a patient attacks the Sister. In fact there were a variety of scenes of much gentler moments, such as Kitty quietly sobbing whilst cleaning the hospital floor, Jimmy offering an apple to Kitty in Ireland, and Kitty and Sister making the beds.