DATE: 01/07/2017
TIME: 3:00 pm
LOCATION: 01 July 2017
VENUE: The Egyptian Room / Oldham Town Hall
Sides Of Silence 01/07/2017

01 July 2017

Sides of Silence:  Remembering the Battle of the Somme

On Saturday 1st July 2017 Oldham Theatre Workshop in association with Oldham Local Studies and Archives will be performing their acclaimed immersive theatre experience ‘Sides of Silence: Remembering the Battle of the Somme.’ The play follows the journey of a group of men from their home town of Oldham to the battlefields of France.

The performance also commemorates the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the most controversial battles of the First World War. Over half a million men were killed or wounded during the battle which became notorious for the scale of its casualties and the horrors of the Flanders mud.

The performance lasts about 45 minutes and will take place in the recently refurbished Egyptian Room of Oldham Town Hall, Greaves Street, Oldham. There will be three performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm followed by refreshments. Places are strictly limited so if you would to take part in this unique event please book your place by contacting Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN; tel: 0161 770 4654; e-mail:

There will be a small charge of £2.00 payable on the day.

2 Responses to Sides Of Silence

  1. This was an amazing play and brilliantly, absorbing play, about Oldham lads enlisting, training and fighting/dying at the battle of the Somme. Over a century later, stepping on strewn poppies, past the crosses & over the fallen bodies hearing move forward, move forward, and keep walking on; moved some people to tears. Truly emotional and haunting drama.

    Moving round to the Mollino lounge, reading the letters sent home about some of the deaths and from the survivors really brought home the realities they faced and showed how well the play absolutely captured the realities people faced.

    A truly absorbing piece of drama that will stay with me for a long time. Well done to all involved.

  2. Elizabeth Johnson on

    This was an amazing way to show the horrors of war.think the people who send our young men and women to war should watch this or something similar and war would never be entered into. Very powerful and emotional. Far more real than any war film that I have ever seen.
    Congratulations to all involved for such a moving portrayal of such horrors and what a waste of lives.
    Will we ever learn.

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