Credit: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
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Forgotten Voices at Edinburgh Fringe

Taken from the sound archive of the Imperial War Museum, five first-hand accounts are combined to create a moving impression of the First World War.

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
2014 marks the centenary of WWI and hundreds of Edinburgh Fringe performances will be commemorating it; as always with the Fringe quantity is guaranteed but quality takes a little searching for. After trawling through the Edinburgh Fringe site I landed upon ‘Forgotten Voices’, which is unique as it dramatises the oral testimonies of World War One Veterans. These are not the voices of poets or playwrights but of ordinary people.

Taken from the sound archive of the Imperial War Museum, five first-hand accounts are combined to create a moving impression of the First World War. The accounts span an American serviceman, a private, a sergeant, a captain and a woman working in a munitions factory; with the majority of the dialogue taken straight from archive extracts ‘Forgotten Voices’ promises to present an honest war narrative, undistorted by nationalism or sensationalism.

The commemorative performance ending at midnight on the 4th of August, marks exactly 100 years since the British Declaration of War and should be a particularly moving showing.



Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
60, Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
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