“Dandelion”

(Oct 2014)

Dandelion- October 2014- Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff

“Dandelion” directed by Caroline Bunce, our first ever female director was a devised piece of theatre, taking its inspiration from the role of women during this period. The performance reflected on the effect of time passing and the experience of waiting on both those in combat and those left behind.

Much of the work and ideas generated were developed at the workshops with 22 members from the Chepstow and Risca groups. There was considerable research undertaken and much of the multi-media footage, was authentic. This included filmed footage of soldiers disfigured in combat; the first ever cosmetic makeup/masks created to help with their appearance; authentic love letters written and received by soldiers and loved ones; original photographs of family and friends, female workers in an ammunition factory, a female football match and poetry from Vera Brittain & Siegfreid Sassoon.