Sodbury Players’ youth members pay tribute to the fallen at Ypres
THREE young actors who are about to appear in a World War One drama in Chipping Sodbury paid their respects to the fallen during a school visit to Ypres in Belgium.
Lauren Soper and Abi Hurford, both 18, and Dan Gregor, 16, laid a tribute at the Menin Gate, which bears the names of more than 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who died before August 16, 1917, and have no known grave.
The youngsters are among the cast of the Sodbury Players’ production of Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, which will run in May.
Its director, Ross Brown, said: “It was such a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the war and even more poignant as our play is about those who fought and died at Ypres.
“It is fantastic that these young people are so engaged in our history through their involvement with drama and Sodbury Players. It really is bringing the story of the First World War alive during the centenary of its ending.”
Private Peaceful will run from May 16-19 in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.
Tickets can be booked via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/sodburyplayers or by calling the Sodbury Players’ box office on 0344 332 0230.
Photo right: Sodbury Players’ youth members Dan Gregor, Lauren Soper and Abi Hurford at the Menin Gate.