Journey Through Conflict –
WW1 - From Then Until Now
Commemorating the Centenary of the end of WW1, Major General Andy Salmon (rtd) CMG OBE, leads us through a unique event, charting the experiences of servicemen & women in conflict from WW1 through to WW2, the Troubles and to recent campaigns, including Iraq and Afghanistan. This artistic performance features renowned one-handed concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy, whose performance of Left-Hand Alone repertoire arranged for injured service personnel following WW1, is fused with the artwork, voices, poetry and stories of our veterans’ personal journey through conflict, injury and rehabilitation. Told with unflinching honesty, grit and humour, their courage and bravery is both uplifting and inspiring.
In fact, From Then Until Now is in my top 10 ever Festival events – and I have been in this business for 38 years. (Rosie Turner, Director of Canterbury Festival.)
Extraordinarily emotional evening. Intensely moving personal experiences of war from First World War to Afghanistan. (John Suchet, Classic fM on Twitter)
Every one of the speakers and their moving description of war will stay with me for many years to come. (Clifton Cathedral audience member)
This was one of the most memorable events of my life ... and I was at Live Aid. (Exeter Cathedral audience member)
The most moving, profound and important event in Canterbury Festival 2018.
You told the story in a magical way moving from the fictional but convincing portrayal of the Great War to the impact of the survivors of post War conflict whose personal testimony was a haunting reminder of the real, personal cost of conflict. It is still in my thoughts today. (St James Piccadilly audience member).
This was a very powerful, thought-provoking and immersive compilation of human sacrifice and the ability to survive. (Clifton Cathedral audience member)
Nicholas McCarthy’s brilliant piano and Richard Rochester’s evocative painting of Mametz Wood provided a perfect setting. I sensed you all felt the complete, intense connection between the cast and audience.. (St James Piccadilly audience member)
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you, to you, the cast and all the Production Team, for what was a truly memorable, poignant and fitting tribute to all those that have been involved in conflict over many years in support of our nations. The tone and clarity of the message was compelling and thought provoking, conjuring up may visions of all that so many endured. This combined with such a formidable location truly enhanced the ambience and reverence for all those who came to support. A truly wonderful evening many congratulations! (Exeter audience member)
(This performance) was truly magnificent, noble and full of forgiveness, faith and hope… The experience of seeing it will stay with me for as long as I live. (Exeter audience member)
I was in the audience this evening and a standing ovation didn’t seem quite enough. VERY humbling and emotive, there were veterans revealing their journeys and there were tears. (Facebook post)