Trenches tale of three Sunderland soldiers

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A PLAY about three young Sunderland soldiers in the trenches of Ypres during the First World War will kick off its 2015 national tour with three free performances in Durham.

The Muddy Choir tells the story of childhood friends Will, Robbie and Jumbo, caught up in one of the deadliest battles of the war and hoping their love of music will provide a form of escape.

The play, commissioned by Theatre Centre to mark the centenary of the First World War, starts the 2015 half of its national tour at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery on Thursday, January 22.

Performances, which are all free, take place at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday, January 23, and at 11.30am on Saturday, January 24.

Tom Betts, the museum’s commercial services and programming officer, said: “We’re pleased to be hosting performances of The Muddy Choir.

“The museum provides a very fitting venue for the production, particularly as the three characters are portrayed as DLI soldiers.”

To book tickets for performances of The Muddy Choir at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery call 03000 266 590 or email dli@durham.gov.uk.