The First is a play based on the global events of WWI, told from the perspective of two boys from a small town in the East Midlands. Written by Jayne Williams and produced by The Spark Arts for Children, The First serves as a dramatic work of fiction based on historic fact; a hook to reel in the interest and intrigue of learners aged 9+, to ignite inquisitive minds to explore their own local stories that link to the global history of WWI.
Written as a dynamic epic poem to reflect the real life encounters from the trenches, the story follows two best friends - Frederick and Jack, as they grow together, play together and enter the Great War together.
The First is a play of choices and the audience is invited to decide the fate of Jack at the end of the play.
'The connection and empathy that the children developed as a result of the play was evident from the initial performance and sessions afterwards. It was obvious that the children had developed an emotional connection with the characters and as a result, had a much greater understanding of the events that occurred in the First World War. I am sure that the resulting work in History and English at school was greatly enhanced.'
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