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Boston’s Blackfriars Theatre hosts live performance to mark First World War

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Blackfriars Theatre is set to host a live performance today commemorating the First World War and a band of brothers who died in it.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the University of Lincoln’s School of Performing Arts will be at the Spain Lane venue on Monday as part of their Leaving Home project, which marks the loss suffered by the Beechey family after five brothers were killed in action.

It is the first live show to be performed at the theatre, and trustee Rob Barclay said: “We’re very excited, it’s a big thing for the theatre and will help us promote the venue more. It’ll be great for the community as well.”

The project forms part of a series of events culminating in a performance in Friesthorpe on August 4 – the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

There are three strands to the project – a radio drama which will be recorded in theatres in Boston, Louth and the studio and will be broadcast in full on August 4 on BBC Radio Lincolnshire; a concert performance at the Arboretum in Lincoln, and the final event in Friesthorpe, where the boys’ father was vicar.

The show in Boston will be preceded by a performance by the RAF Cranwell Military Wives and during the afternoon Nicola Gilroy will be hosting her show from the theatre.

Tickets to the evening show are free and Mr Barclay said they are going quickly.

To book call 01205 353108.

 

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