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
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
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
For more information about the project, take a look at the project blog lastpoppyproject.wordpress.com.