New performance by Philip Orr marking the end of the Great War in Lisburn
The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum has commissioned a performance by historian and playwright Philip Orr to mark Armistice, the end of the Great War (1914-18). The premiere of the work will take place on 1st December 2018 at 7pm at a free performance in the Museum. The evening also features period music from singer-songwriter Finbar Magee.
The performance uses letters, photographs and stories from the Museum’s major WWI exhibitions to explore the life stories of men and women from Lisburn before the war, and then after Armistice, when they returned to civilian life.
Speaking about the performance, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, said: “it is wonderful to see stories from Lisburn and objects from the Museum’s collection woven together in this way. Like many towns across Britain and Ireland, Lisburn was deeply affected by the Great War and I think it is important that now, on the centenary of Armistice, we take a moment to reflect on its impact.”
Philip Orr, author of the bestselling Road to the Somme, added: “the reading tells the story of local men who fought in the Great War, and the difficult experiences of their families at home. As inspiration I took the famous photograph of the men taken outside Tom Oliver’s pub on Antrim Street in 1915.”
Tickets for the event are FREE but must be booked in advance from museum reception.