“2018 is going to be a big year for the country as it will be 100 years since the end of World War 1” so said Jonathan Salt, the driving force behind next year’s production, when he spoke to our Peter Rogers on his ‘Brunch til Lunch’ show just before Christmas, about “Oh What a Lovely War!”
Jonathan is heading up an ambitious project to bring to Huntingdon in the five days running up to Remembrance Sunday 2018, a taste of what it was like for Huntingdon men and women during that “war to end all wars” 100 years ago. This large scale production of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ is intended to be Huntingdon commemorating the Centenary of Peace Treaty to end World War I. It will be a major piece of community Musical Theatre for Huntingdon. In the Spring, Jonathan and his team will be inviting the people of Huntingdon to take a part in the play to represent their grandfather or great grandfather who fought and perhaps died in that war. ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ tells the story of our nation at that time in all its aspects. There will be a cast of 100 to 150 people, live music and all held in Market Square around the Thinking Soldier War Memorial. There will be a huge marquee which will seat 400 people for each performance.
The major challenge for this extravaganza is the cost. It is estimated that £60,000 to £65,000 needs to be raised in order to put this on. The marquee itself forms the largest part of this being £40,000 to hire. It has to have flooring, seating, black out, heating (it is going to take place in November), it must be gale proof and needs overnight security. Additionally costumes have to be made or hired for 150 WW1 soldiers.
Jonathan is looking for anyone who can offer help in the form of funding, sponsorship, fundraising expertise or nimble fingers to sew costumes or, in fact, any way which may help to get the show on the road. If you are interested contact him by email on email@example.com