Bristol 2014 The City And Conflict From The First World War To The Present Day

Bristol 2014 is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership

First World War Centenary Partnership Programme

Bristol 2014 is supported by:

Heritage Lottery Fund Arts Council England Bristol City Council Business West Society of Merchant Venturers University of the West of England

It is coordinated by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and the University of Bristol co-production for First World War centenary

15 Oct 2014

The organisers of the recent co-production by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and the University of Bristol of Allan Monkhouse's First World War drama The Conquering Hero were delighted that the playwright's grand-daughter was able to travel to Bristol from her home in Manchester to take part in the post-show discussion that followed the final performance on 12 October 2014. Harriet Monkhouse revealed that she had discovered that the work was written in 1915, although first published and performed in 1923, making it one of the earliest plays written from an anti-war position.

The other panellists at the event were: Dr Tom Beaumont, Teaching Fellow in Modern European History, University of Bristol; Andrew Hilton, Artistic Director Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory; Dr Nicholas Nourse, post-doctoral research fellow, University of Bristol. The chair was Andrew Kelly, director of Bristol Cultural Development, which co-ordinates Bristol 2014 and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Andrew Hilton, who directed the script-in-hand performance said:

The Conquering Hero is one of the finest plays about the 1st World War written by the Manchester playwright, Allan Monkhouse...  At the outbreak of war a writer, son to a military family, believes his role is to go on writing; he loathes the war and the jingoism surrounding it and is determined that civilisation should not be put on hold while vast armies slug it out in France and Flanders. But family pressure forces him to the front. His body survives - and he is welcomed home as ‘the conquering hero’ - but his experience has been very, very different.

This production marks what we hope will be a continuing and growing relationship with SATTF for the benefit of our students and the city more widely.

David Alder, Director of Communications and Marketing at the University of Bristol said:

This production marks what we hope will be a continuing and growing relationship with SATTF for the benefit of our students and the city more widely.

Photographs by Craig Fuller (SATTF).

Andrew Hilton, Artistic Director SATTF

Andrew Kelly

Dr Tom Beaumont, University of Bristol

Andrew Kelly, Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. Dr Tom Beaumont, University of Bristol.

Dr Nick Nourse, University of Bristol,  and Andrew Hilton

Harriet Monkhouse

Additional photos and further information about the production are on the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory website.

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