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Drama and history pupils at Rydal Penrhos get taste of WWI tragedy
6th November 2015

Pupils at a Colwyn Bay school got a chilling look into life during World War One from a recent performance.

Drama and History pupils at Rydal Penrhos were treated to a performance from the Badac Theatre Company, who opened their tour on Tuesday, November 3.

Set during WWI, “The Flood” focusses on the intense physical, emotional and psychological effects of war on the individuals involved.

It follows the story of a couple - a nurse and soldier on the frontlines who are separated by battle - and her dreams of the darkness enveloping her loved one haunt her until his dying day.

Steve Lambert, of the Badac Theatre Company, said: “The original idea was based around a family story of my great aunt who had a fiancée that was killed during the war.

“She never got over his death or never married even though she lived into her eighties. It struck me that there must have been thousands of other love stories throughout the war that ended in tragedy and that is how The Flood came about.”

 

 

Following the performance Drama pupils were treated to a 25 minute question and answer session with the two actors, where they found out more about the company and the sort of work it takes to make a show such as this a success.

A Rydal Penrhos spokesman said: “It was a fantastic performance and one that really did hit home with our pupils.

“The Great War is now over 100 years old and the Badac Theatre Company do a tremendous job of showing the human side of conflict and just what a severe effect it has on those involved, something that will live long in the memory of those who watched it as we approach Remembrance Sunday.

“We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to Steve and the company for performing at Rydal Penrhos and giving up their time to speak to the pupils afterwards.”

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