Our most recent project was In Dear Old England's Name, in which the group researched, devised and performed a short show about Vesta Tilley, a Music Hall star from the early twentieth century, who was born in Worcester. The project was part of the First World War Centenary.
The group had help from Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service in their quest for stories about Vesta, and what life was like in Worcester during the 1914-18 war.
What was the show about?
The story followed Kitty and Percy, a newly married couple who went to the theatre to see Vesta Tilley. Kitty has something important to tell Percy – but Percy is so inspired by Vesta’s military recruitment drive during the performance that he signs up for the army there and then. What happens next to Percy? And will he see his sweetheart Kitty again?
Where and when was it performed?
The show premiered at The Hive, Worcester and then performed at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry as part of Highly Sprung’s Physical Fellowship. VYPT were privileged to be involved in such a brilliant event and to be performing alongside so many other young people in the celebration of physical theatre.
In Dear Old England's Name would not have been possible without the generous support of The Bransford Trust, the Sir Barry Jackson Trust, The Hive: Worcestershire World War 100 Project, Worcester Arts Council, and Councillors Matt Jenkins, Paul Denham, Derek Prodger and Paul Tuthill through the Worcestershire County Council Divisional Fund.