Night of the Zeppelin Community Play

Charnwood Arts, working with Loughborough College, Chorus Theatre, Excavate and Bill Brookman Productions applied for grants to Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund to research, write and stage the play. The Arts Council fully supported the project which culminated in a remarkable weekend of over 100 performances involving more than 90 local people telling the stories of those affected by the bombing – a fantastic promotion of local heritage and history.

Around half of the cast were children and young people from a variety of borough wide schools and colleges and over 1,500 people spent all or part of the weekend in May 2016 visiting the repeated performances which spanned 13 venues.

A short film dramatising the night of the Zeppelin raid on Loughborough, when Ethel Brown decided to lock the patrons inside Ashby Road Picture House. Part of the Charnwood Great War Centenary & The Night of the Zeppelin projects. This film was made with young people attending Charnwood Arts’ ArtHouse Programme as a social media link to promote the Night of the Zeppelin community play.

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