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Now the Last Poppy Has Fallen showcase

16 March 2016

A commemorative evening of entertainment is set to celebrate the end of the successful “Now the Last Poppy Has Fallen” project.

Music, poetry and dance will be on offer throughout the night at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, on Wednesday, 23 March.

The evening event marks the end of a long-running project which brought together museums, schools, history groups, volunteers and creative organisations in partnership to create a touring exhibition and highlight the impact of the Great War on Essex.

The project was funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Essex County Council having first been launched back in November 2013.

Next week's event will feature the poems and songs that were specially written for the project, performed live by the commissioned artists themselves - celebrated poet Luke Wright and musicians Georgia Strand, Vo Fletcher and Ric Sanders.

Specially-written dance pieces also feature, along alongside poety readings from children who took part in the first ever county-wide school poetry competition. A touring exhibition was created to  tell the stories of towns and people across Essex to illustrate life in the County during the Great War.

Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, with responsibility for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, said: “The arts have been instrumental in bringing the Great War to life for a century, so this showcase is a fitting way to end the “Now the Last Poppy has Fallen” project. Come and join us for what will be a memorable evening."

Tickets are FREE and available from Chelmsford Civic Theatre box office on 01245 606505.

For more information about the project, take a look at the project blog