‘A HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL INSTALLATION’ – The Telegraph
‘AFFECTING AND CONSTANTLY SURPRISING’ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Fantastic opportunity for York students to experience an immersive sound installation as part of York Remembers 100 centenary commemorations
We are hugely excited to be hosting Charlie Ward at the museum. Co-commissioned by Fuel Theatre and 14-18NOW to mark the centenary of the First World War, this intimate, immersive and immensely powerful sound installation places audiences in the heart of a makeshift wartime hospital, where an unlikely therapy brings solace and comfort to those injured on the battlefield.
C Ward 1914. In a makeshift hospital, behind the front line, the war’s first casualties are treated. To boost morale, medical staff arrange for a Chaplin film to be shown for the bedridden, with the ward’s ceiling serving as the silver screen.
For one soldier, the flickering images, whirring projector and Chaplin’s perfect comic timing trigger complex emotions and memories. Cast from the trenches into childhood, from trauma to dreams, the hospital film show sets him on a journey into a personal no man’s land.
This immersive sound installation for a small audience lasts approximately 15 minutes and includes some periods of total darkness. It is suitable for ages 12+.
We are able to offer free admission to school groups on weekdays Tuesday 25 September – Friday 5 October complimented by the chance to view archives and handle museum objects. Contact the museum for bookings and further details: 01904 461016.
Unable to bring a class out during the school day? Several York schools have teacher training days in September and October – if students want to visit us on one of those days we will admit them free of charge – but pre-booking is essential.
Home school? Get in touch to book free admission on week days.
View a series of short videos with co-director, Dan Jones discussing WW1, Charlie Chaplin, and Sound Design Charlie Ward series
Find out more about this immersive installation with the Run Riot interview with Mark Espiner, co-founder of Sound&Fury Run Riot interview