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Woodbine Willie: Poet & Padre

Discussion in 'Leeds Events Diary' started by Hawkarine, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. Hawkarine

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    WOODBINE WILLIE... Poet and Padre
    A production to mark the centenary of the First World War
    Tuesday 4 November - 7.45pm
    Leeds Minster

    On Tuesday 4 November we welcome back “Woodbine Willie” to Leeds Minster in a theatrical performance by the Searchlight Theatre Company. The production beginning at 7.45 pm honours Leeds born poet and priest, The Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy and marks the centenary of the First World War.

    Woodbine Willie was the affectionate nickname of Father Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, an Anglican priest who volunteered as a chaplain on the Western Front during the First World War. He won the Military Cross for his reckless courage, running into No Man's Land to help the wounded. This superb theatrical production is based on original interviews with those who knew and loved him. A deep and real concern for his fellow men drove him relentlessly, and this production shows how vital was the role he played, on battlefields, in the trenches and then the slums. He shared the love of God, and Woodbine Cigarettes on the front line at a time when men needed both desperately.

    The show from Searchlight lasts about an hour and ten minutes and is the ideal live theatrical addition to this year’s centenary celebrations of the Great War. The show uses drama, war poems and live music to bring an incredible life to the stage as well as highlighting the horrors of the trenches. Searchlight Theatre Company is touring the production nationally in October and November this year.

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