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30th July 2018

Successful Christian theatre group heads back to the Edinburgh

A Christian theatre group, originally formed by The Church of England in Lancashire and Lancashire Methodist District, is returning to the Edinburgh Festival where a successful production played to packed houses most evenings of a week-long run last summer. 

‘Brothers in Arms’ will be this year’s production by Blackburn Creative Arts, following last year’s staging of WW1 play ‘Home Front, Front Line’. Both were written by Rev Canon David Banbury, formerly the Parish Mission Support Leader for Blackburn Diocese who is now a clergyman in Liverpool Diocese.

‘Brothers in Arms’ has already been seen at many venues across Lancashire and celebrates the lives of Captain Noel Chavasse and his brother Christopher. 

The cast of the play includes Rev James Gwyn Thomas, of Buckshaw Village Church, near Chorley.

Noel Chavasse was the only man to have been awarded two VCs during the first world war, the second posthumously. His brother Christopher was an army chaplain, survived the war and went on to become Bishop of Rochester.

The play, 'Brothers in Arms' can be seen in Edinburgh at the Emerald Theatre, Greenside @ Nicolson Square from August 6-11. More details and booking information. You can watch a clip of the play here.

Incorporating drama, music, poetry, images and film it seeks to personalise the war by reflecting on a global conflict through the eyes of two soldiers. 

Brothers in Arms was initially written to commemorate the centenary of WW1 and has, to date, been seen by over 2,500 people across the North West.


Ronnie Semley