Never Such Innocence
NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE is a programme of poems, readings and music from the First World War, first performed at St Mary's Perivale on November 3rd 2016 as part of the Somme 100 commemoration.
Actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis look back at the writing and music that emerged from the period, juxtaposing the words of writers like Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain with piano music by composers such as Elgar, Ravel, Debussy, Frank Bridge and Ivor Gurney.
In a moving and thought-provoking sequence, they trace a narrative from the early innocence and nostalgia of pre-war life, through initial patriotic optimism, to the growing realisation of what was happening at the front and the deep sadness and loss that followed across Europe. As well as poetry the programme will include extracts from letters, diaries and contemporary accounts, plus material drawn from personal family history.
“A very special, moving and immensely absorbing production”
“A spell-binding evening. So compelling to watch and listen to”
“The choice of poetry and music was perfect and the narrative and underlying story very moving…I don't think there was a dry eye in the house."