100 years
Since The Great War

The 11th of November will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

There will a lot of things happening to remember what happened all those years ago. But why is it all so important?

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Western Front Association

The First World War, or the Great War as it was know until the Second World War, which started only 21 years later, was the first real industrial war.

Technology in The Great War

European nations that had developed their industry turned all their industrial production towards making weapons. They also mobilised their entire populations towards fighting a war that, certainly on the Western Front, became bogged down in trench warfare for the better part of 4 years.

Conscription

Trench Warfare

The Somme

As well as being an industrial war, it was also an imperial war. Fought between European Empires who all wanted to become top dog in the Empire stakes and to dominate the world.

The conditions at the front were atrocious and the people fighting it were treated very much as 'cannon fodder'.

Estimates of the number of people killed in the war vary, but there were probably 15 to 19 million people killed and 23 million wounded.

The war also changed the map of Europe. 32 nations were involved in the war. Afterwards the Russian Empire had collapsed. Poland, the Baltics, and Finland had been created . The Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved into Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. The Ottoman Empire collapsed which eventually gave rise to Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Saudi Arabia.

Changing Map of Europe

The Russian Empire went through a revolution, as did Germany, which help to lay the foundations for the Second World War.

The war also led to great many changes in society. The role of women began to change. During the war women had taken on role traditionally reserved for men. They finally won the right to vote.

Women in WW1

Before the war British society had been very much based on the class system. The upper classes had everything and the lower classes had nothing. After the war this began, very slowly to change.

After the war

The Making Of Modern Britain The Great War (BBC)

Although it took a long time and many other factors to bring about modern society, the First World War did have an impact on society.

Last day of WW1

by Helena

HotHouse Theatre's Classic Ghost Stories for Christmas

 Hothouse House Theatre's Christmas' spectacular this year is guaranteed to scare the pants off you!

A selection of 6 classic Ghost Stories by some of the best writers of ghostly yarns.

They will include, The Signalman by Charles Dickens, A Warning to the Curious by M. R. James and The Lost Ghost by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman.

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Dulce et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

By Wilfred Owen

The latin phrase Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori: translates as “It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country.”

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was one of the finest poets of the Great War. He was heavily influenced by Siegfried Sassoon, who he met at Craiglockhart War Hospital whilst recovering from shell shock.

He gained the Military Cross and was killed on 4th November 1918. One week before the end of the war.

Paris Marathon 2019

 Guy will be running the Paris Marathon 2019 to raise funds for Hothouse Theatre.

All 26.2 miles of it! Paris. 14th April 2019. A day that will live in infamy.

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HotHouse Theatre's 20th Anniversary Fund

 Help us keep on keeping on!

Celebrating 20 years of tapping into the empowering strength of the creative process ...

...and looking forward to the next 20 years

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