Students from Oakgrove School want your military toys and plastic guns!
Yr 9s from Oakgrove School have been working with MK Gallery on the Frontline project; exploring how artists have used the visual arts to depict and interpret military conflict. Through workshops and research trips to the Imperial War Museum the students have decided to create a 3D piece entitled ‘Would You Buy War in a Store?’ – the piece will be made from discarded and donated military toys that they have gathered through the amnesty. The piece will feature in the Frontline exhibition at the MK Gallery project space from 5th – 28th June.
If you have something to donate you can bring your unwanted military toys and plastic guns to MK Gallery from now up until Sunday 26th April and drop them off at the reception desk. All donors will have the opportunity to have their name featured on a ‘plaque’ next to the artwork and will receive a special invite to the exhibition preview.
MK Gallery has been working with 4 secondary schools, all of whom have been exploring the depiction of military conflict in art. The students have been working closely with professional artists Teresa Paiva and Alicja Rogalska, and through research trips and creative workshops they have been developing their own artistic responses to the themes of conflict and World War I. Their responses have been wide and varied and it promises to be a thought provoking exhibition.
Festive Road have begun to build a full size Mark 1 Tank that will form the background to their physical theatre show inspired by realities of life inside a Great War tank. They intend to create a night-time outdoor show and are soon to begin devising exactly what will take place in the performance. There will be several performances of the piece around Milton Keynes in summer 2015 with the premiere taking place on 19th June – more info here.
The Best Company (we are all in it)
Physical Theatre show produced by Festive Road
A very funny take on a very real struggle as four friends get a WW1 tank into battle.
The Best Company are on their way to the Western Front but the external conflict is not the only thing occupying the crew’s thoughts. As we see, life inside the Mark 1 tank is busy, noisy and smelly. Tension among the company escalates and a hilarious and bizarre internal conflict occurs. As the tank spins, the characters actions become more and more surreal… war is declared and the engine judders to a holt!
Will the Best Company get the Tank started again? Will they make it to the front line? Come and find out…
The show is an outdoor evening theatre piece, no longer than 40 minutes and suitable for families and for all ages of audiences.
WW1 on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/ww1/
The BBC have commissioned documentaries, research and drama to commemorate the Great War via the link above you can find their ‘Count Down to War’ Timeline, information about the men who signed up for WW1, clips of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ‘planting’ ceramic poppies at the Tower of London and this series looking at the stories of International Soldiers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0239rlx)