Saturday 30 June 2018

Armed Forces Day

Stalybridge — 1 July 2017

Tiny Armed Forces

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Stamford Park
Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6QS

Tiny Armed Forces is a promenade theatre event. This is an open air performance raising awareness of family life for Army veterans. It is told through the eyes of children and will ask the audience to follow a path around the park where there will be performances exploring the impact of war upon veterans and their families. Tiny Armed Forces performances will focus on specific wars from WW1 to the current conflict in Syria. The performances will incorporate dance, music and acting. These are all based on true life stories, taken from Tameside archives as well as interviews with local veterans. Reforma is an Arts Council funded Dance Theatre organisation and all aspects of their performance mediums will be incorporated. The stories are intrinsic to the experiences of those who serve or who have served in the armed forces in local and national communities.

The piece runs continually from 5-7 PM and only involves members of the local community. The ages of the participants will vary between 3-67 years old, both male and female, and from all sections of the Tameside area. There will be 100 performers and a strong team of volunteers. The performance is open to all, there are no restrictions to access or participation. The piece is a reflective celebration of all that the Armed Forces have done to enable families to live in a free world safe from persecution.

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