Attic Theatre Company returns to Morden Hall Park this month with Fields Unsown, a play to mark the centenary of the First World War that follows the history of Morden Hall and the people who worked in it
Attic Theatre Company, in association with the National Trust, is currently performing an open air First World War play at Morden Hall Park, which brings to life the history of Morden Hall.
When war broke out 100 years ago in August 1914, Gilliat Hatfeild offered Morden Hall to the War Office for use as a military hospital. Until now, the stories of the men and women who lived, worked and were nursed there remained untold. Fields Unsown, a new play by award-winning writers Catherine Harvey and Louise Monaghan, tells the story of life at Morden Hall Park during the First World War.
Fields Unsown is the product of original research funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and its cast of characters includes real people who lived and worked on the estate. Beginning at the Stable Yard, the audience will be transported back to September 1916, where they will find themselves amidst the lives and stories of the nurses, soldiers and farm workers of the time.
Director Louise Hill explains: “When we first began researching the history of Morden Hall Auxiliary Hospital, no one could tell us anything about it. The Red Cross knew it had existed, but not much more. But by hunting down material in archives and newspaper reports and interviewing local people, we have pieced together the Park’s unique history. We found two young gardeners who left the Park for the front line, a soldier who recovered his power of speech in a dream which was reported across the world, and the young daughter of an MP who exchanged society balls for life as a nurse at Morden Hall. We’re very excited to be telling their stories in the place where they lived and worked.”
Fields Unsown is presented in association with the National Trust and will build on the success of last year’s Twelfth Night, which was staged in the Stable Yard and received four-star reviews.
On selected days there will also be accompanying performances by local groups, including a special First World War commemorative day on Sunday 21st September, featuring Cricket Green School, Going for a Song and The Salvation Army Band.
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21 September: 2pm & 6pm
Meet at the Stable Yard (and dress for the weather!)
Visit attictheatrecompany.com more details.
Tickets can also be purchased from Mitcham Library or the National Trust Shop at Morden Hall Park