BEAT THE DRUM
A commemoration of the Great War in music, story and images
Beat The Drum
Beat The Drum is a commemoration of the Great War - not solemn and gloomy, but respectful of the subject. It tells the story of the war through the eyes of private soldier Michael Heaviside from Craghead. His story acts as our guide through some of the major events and themes of the War. As with all Fool’s Gold shows, the music is live, a mixture of original and very well-known music. The stories of the songs relate to Michael’s experience and to the wider picture and the whole show is underpinned with some fascinating ingress and movies. The show runs at just over one hour. There will be time for a chat, comments and any questions at the end.
The show will be delivered via zoom.
Michael Heaviside was a pitman from Craghead - just down the road from us - and in 1914 he re-enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry and set off for France.
His story is typical of the experience endured by many private soldiers on the Western front, and the show brings these elements to the fore.
His actions at the Battle of Arras in 1917 were as astonishing then as they are moving today.
How it works
Beat The Drum is only available to our U3A audiences who have previously joined us for a show.
Attendees will be familiar with the format and how to interact with zoom.
There are four separate performances available:
09 Nov 7.30pm
10 Nov 2.00pm
11 Nov 2.00pm and 7.30 pm
We have tried to keep the cost to a minimum: tickets are £5 per device (not per person!)
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Steve & Carol in live setting
War is declared
Carol playing introduction to Roll Call (on CD)
Live at The Fuse
A theatre performance of 'Beat the Drum'
Carol and Steve: Fool's Gold
The horrors of the trenches
Beat the Drum
FG live in Stanhope
Theatre Slide 1915
...if you wouldn't mind!
Fool's Gold publicity photo.
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