Silent Soldiers

As part of this year’s event Wimborne History Festival commissioned State of Play Arts to produce Wimborne’s Silent Soldier Project inspired by the 2016 memorial project ‘We’re here because we’re here’ by Jeremy Deller and Rufus Norris.

Ten Wimborne men who fought and died in WW1 were carefully researched and then each represented by a professional or amateur actor. Throughout the weekend of the History Festival they walked silently through the streets of Wimborne, when stopped by visitors they gave out a card detailing the name, rank, place and date when they died and their age.

Each soldier also had a banner displayed around the town with further information about their life, the three Angell brothers who died are shown together.

The production was superbly directed and executed by the State of Play Arts team, and we are thrilled at the impact and response these young men made in our community.  It was moving, thought provoking and very poignant as Britain commemorates 100 years since the end of WW1.

The Festival thanks all those who were involved in this brilliant theatre and heritage production.  An album of images will be added to our Gallery pages.