Messages from the Great War


Dates have been announced for further performances of original documentary theatre called The Gathering – Messages from the Great War, commemorating the lives of two local soldiers, Will Cutler and Hubert Wareham, and people closely involved in their lives: Will’s wife, Tillie, and the Vicar of Wimborne Minster, Reverend James Fletcher.

In the presence of over thirty of Will Cutler and Hubert Wareham’s descendants, a sell-out premiere took place recently at the altar of Holtwood Methodist Chapel, where Will married Tillie Frampton in 1913. Hubert Wareham’s great grand-nephew, music student Andrew Wareham, played the trumpet during the performance.

Visitors to the Priest’s House Museum will be familiar with Hubert Wareham, whose portrait, resplendent in medals for school achievement, is displayed in the schoolroom.

The production was enhanced by projected images, created by Alastair Nisbet, of ScreenPLAY, and performances by four Dorset-based professional actors: Kevin Burke, Bryony Reynolds, Joe Urquhart and Jake Baker. The production, by State of Play Arts, has been commissioned by the Priest’s House Museum as part of its ‘The One Hundred Year Heritage of the First World War for Wimborne and East Dorset’ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Two new dates (others to be announced later): 8 June, in Wimborne Minster, as part of Wimborne Folk Festival programme; and 10 November, also in Wimborne Minster. Tickets (£8/£7), suitable for 12 years and over) are on sale at Wimborne TIC: 01202 886116.