Tuesday, 16 December 2014

End of project - Thank you for Poppy Fields

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Poppy Fields project a real success, revealed more stories, made poppies and shared our local heritage of The Great War in Poole and Bournemouth.

To download a resource pack please visit Lighthouse Poole website

Valise Noire Storytelling Theatre received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project, Poppy Fields. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project focuses on the creation of thousands of poppies made out of paper and wire which have been included in site specific performances and shown now as a collection in this exhibition. The poppies have been created by children from Cultural Hub schools, the public, care homes and youth groups across Poole and Bournemouth. Performing Arts, The Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, Poppy Fields is enabling local people in Poole and Bournemouth to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War.

The Poppy Fields performances are contemporary interpretations inspired by local stories from World War One, seen through the eyes of two First World War nurses, performed by Michele O'Brien and Hazel Evans. Research has been carried out at Poole and Dorset History Centres, The Imperial War Museum London as well as uncovering local stories first hand.

Sites for performances have included the fallen trees near the War Memorial in Poole Park, Green Park on Longfleet Road near Poole Hospital which is built on the site of The Cornelia Hospital and Bournemouth Town Hall which was formerly the Mont Dore Military Hospital. A three day pilgrimage took place in the Summer of 2014 as a walking performance, Michele and Hazel started at the Cordite Factory in Holton Heath at dawn and continued to visit numerous heritage sites in Poole, including War Memorials, churches, schools, parks and places of significance during World War One. The performances have been a key aspect of the project in order to disseminate local heritage stories as an engaging and immersive experience for the audience.

Poppy Fields is a Valise Noire project In partnership with The Heritage Lottery Fund, Bournemouth and Poole Cultural Hub, Borough of Poole, Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, Wave Arts Education Agency, Activate Performing Arts, The Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

We would also like to express addition thanks to:
Sound: Momo:tempo sound design for the performances
Photographic Documentation: Sharon Gadellaa for documentation of the Pilgrimage, Danika Westwood for documentation of site specific performances
Filming: Hartley Woolf and Sebastian Wrigley for the Poole Park performance
Costumes: Tom Murphy and Lucy Sammons from the Arts University Bournemouth
Family Documentation and WW1 artefacts: Steve Limburn
Cultural Hub Schools: Ad Astra First, Bethany and St Clement's Bournemouth, Bishop Of Winchester, Canford Heath Infants, Canford Heath Junior, Haymoor Junior, Heathlands, St Luke's, Poole High.
Poole and Bournemouth Libraries
Poole Museum and History Centre
Borough of Poole Culture and Community Learning Team
Lewis Manning Hospice

Monday, 1 September 2014

Arts By The Sea Bournemouth

Poppy Fields is delighted to be part of Arts By The Sea Festival 2014 in Bournemouth. A special performance will be created specially for the site of Bournemouth Town Hall and War Memorial on the 30th September. More information here.

 Poppy Fields for Arts By The Sea Festival

 Arts By The Sea Festival

Live illustration of world map 
as part of Poppy Fields Mont Dore performance

Monday, 5 May 2014

             POPPY FIELDS

This year sees the launch of Poppy Fields, a dynamic project by Valise Noire Storytelling Theatre, Michele O'Brien and Hazel Evans, to commemorate the First World War. Poppy Fields is a multi-faceted heritage and arts project incorporating the making of thousands of poppies to be included in site specific performances and an exhibition opening at Lighthouse Gallery on Wednesday 15th October to coincide with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's commemorative concert.

- 5th August - 7.30pm
Poole Park near the fallen trees and Memorial - Book your FREE ticket here 
- 30th August - 7.30 pm
Green Park, Longfleet Road near the Hospital - Book your FREE ticket here
- 11th November - 7pm - Lighthouse Gallery


- 2nd August  - 10am-12pm - Poole Museum
- 23rd August - 11am-1pm - Dolphin Centre
- 13th September - 10.30am-3.30pm - Lighthouse 

- 15th October - 22nd November - Lighthouse Gallery

More information at Lighthouse Poole 

We need thousands of poppies for the Exhibition in October
Please make as many as you can as we are looking to collect thousands made by schools, groups, and the public.

Learn how to make poppies in this video and download the template from Lighthouse website
Then drop them into the following collection venues:
Lighthouse Poole
Poole Library
Bournemouth Library

There are 2 sizes of poppies we want to make. Please feel free make a selection of both.

Materials for basic simple template:
  • Red paper to make the petals
  • tissue paper, craft paper, any kind of red paper.
  • Green paper to make the leaf
  • craft paper, any kind of green paper but not tissue paper
  • Black paper
  • craft paper, any kind of paper but not tissue paper
  • Wire
  • 30 cm (approx). Thick enough to stand rigid with the poppy on the end
You will also need:
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue (not watered down)
We would also like to encourage people to get creative and use different materials to create the poppies. Please use the template as a guideline for size, but feel free to get creative with your ideas for poppy making. For example poppies could be made by using a variety of different methods and materials such as knitting, using wire or metal, collage, material and different fabrics. We look forward to receiving your creations.

This template can be printed out to A4 size to create the poppies

In partnership with The Heritage Lottery Fund, Bournemouth and Poole Cultural Hub,  Borough of Poole, 
Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, Wave Arts Education Agency, Activate Performing Arts, 
The Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.