100: The Day our World Changed
"They say we die twice, the first time when our body dies and the second time when the last person to remember us dies." Bill Mitchell
The Lost Gardens of Heligan and WildWorks Theatre are collaborating to create ’100: The day our world changed’, a large scale community and arts event being held in Cornwall on August 3rd 2014. This dawn to dusk powerful and emotional experience will move from the harbour in Mevagissey to the sweeping fields of Heligan and also take place in the local parishes of Mevagissey, St Ewe and Gorran Haven. We will be commemorating the outbreak of WW1. We will tell the stories of local people going to war and those that were left behind, real lives 100 years ago in local communities.
The event will begin at dawn with performers, artists and community participants.
The theatre and music will commence in Mevagissey in the morning with brass bands and local choirs performing music specially composed for the event. A theatre will be staged on the quay and then the story will move through the town, re-telling the stories of local people going to war and introducing you to Jack, a young gardener...
Later the spectacle will move to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, where there will be musical performances, theatre and entertainment for all. This is a family event. Gardeners will be working as they would 100 years ago, there will be a traditional harvest picnic and storytelling with dramatic backdrops created by the poppy field, traditional bandstand and the estate of Heligan.
The day will follow the story of Jack's decision to enlist for WW1 like many Heligan staff 100 years ago. It will end at dusk, back in the local parishes. The last post will be played.
We need your help to set the scene for this one off community event. We need your help so that we can
Sow the poppy seeds
Work with local people to create memory boxes and special flags for the day
Create the music for local choirs and bands to perform
All of these will be an essential backdrop to this extraordinary event telling the lives of local people and 'Jack'.
This is event is a project created by the Lost Gardens of Heligan and WildWorks.
We are so pleased that FEAST have awarded us with £1000 towards our crowdfunding target. Please keep helping us by spreading the word.
Project update - Wednesday 9th April
We are thrilled to announce that we're almost half way there. We'd like to take this opportunity to those of you who have donated already but there's still a long way to go.
Please help us spread the word about this unique World War One centenary project by telling your friends, family and colleagues via word of mouth, text, e-mail, social media and any other ways that you can think of.We've now added the option to donate just £1 to enable more people to help us fund this project.Our award winning show garden at the recent Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc raised over £200 for the project through prize money and plant sales!