There are many ways that local people can get involved in Greenham: War and Peace, the large-scale community event which will take place on 8 and 9 September at Greenham Common. It will portray 100 years of the history of the Common and the dramatic moments of war and peace that form its past. Rosa Productions, who are staging the event, are inviting people to take part and there are a variety of ways in which they can do so. Performers are required for a range of roles including speaking and non-speaking parts and singing. Performers will portray a local family across five generations,1930s school children and staff, USAF military 1940s to 1990s, peace women, journalists, police, WW2 evacuees, local residents in the 1980s and Asian refugees in the 1970s. Auditions for performers are being held on 22 April and 7 May at New Greenham Arts, Greenham Business Park, Newbury.
For those who are interested in getting involved behind the scenes in stage management, technical build, props and costumes there is an opportunity to meet the technical and production teams for Greenham: War and Peace on 26 April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at 101 Outdoor Arts Centre, Greenham Business Park.
For further information about audition dates, rehearsal dates, the technical team meeting or to register your interest please contact Ameneh by email ameneh@rosaproductions or call 07946 423 007. If you are unable to attend any of the audition or meeting dates it will be possible to make alternative arrangements, so don’t be deterred from getting in touch.
As part of the community activities planned on the run up to the September event, ten giant silk banners have been created by local groups and individuals over the past two weeks reflecting aspects of the history and life of Greenham Common. Local artists, historians and groups including St Gabriel’s School, BBOWT, staff at Greenham Common Trust, women who were part of the peace protest and a local nature writer, have been working with international artist, Ali Pretty to make the banners which will form part of Greenham: War and Peace, which celebrates 20 years of the Greenham Common Trust. The banners will be on display before, during and after the event and will have a permanent home in the West Berkshire Museum. There is an open invitation to a special banner walk on Greenham Common on 1 July – details about how to join the walk will be publicised nearer the date.