About the show
1 July 2016 / Across Wales & the UK
WE’RE HERE BECAUSE WE’RE HERE
As part of this performance, which took place on one day, more than 100 volunteers led by National Theatre Wales were part of a UK-wide event to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
From Swansea to Mount Snowdon, Shetland to Penzance, men aged 16-49 covered the width and breadth of the UK from 7am to 7pm, appearing as if from nowhere on beaches, streets, dual carriageways and in fields. Dressed in First World War uniforms, the men represented 15 of the regiments that suffered losses in the first day of the battle.
Each participant represented a soldier who was killed, taking inspiration from tales of sightings during and after the First World War by people who believed they had seen a dead loved one who had been lost during the Great War.