Moving Monologue Returns
A moving monologue telling the story of a Bamber Bridge woman’s search for the grave of her beloved brother who was killed in the First World War is being shared with audiences across Central Lancashire in support of St Catherine’s Hospice.
Searching for Matthew tells the story of Lizzie Livesey who travelled to the battlefields of The Somme in France in the aftermath of the Great War, searching for the resting place of her brother Matthew who died in action.
The play – which features extracts from Lizzie’s own diaries and poetry set against a backdrop of original photographs – has been written by St Catherine’s fundraising administrator Andy Bennison, and will be performed by Maureen Nickson from the Charity Players.
Originally performed in 2014, the play returns to Preston on Tuesday April 8th for three performances at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston. The play lasts 45 minutes and there will be performances at 11.am, 1pm and 3pm. Admission is only £1.50 with all proceeds going to St Catherine’s.
Andy, who knew Lizzie when he was a child, said: “This is an emotive story of one woman and the way she coped with the death of someone extremely close to her.”
“It follows the feelings she experienced and the way she attempted to cope with her bereavement by travelling to France to try and find the grave of her brother. It puts a window on one woman’s very real and unique story from a certain time in history, which evokes feelings many can still empathise with.”
To request a performance of Searching for Matthew at your community group contact Andy Bennison: email@example.com / 01772 695290.
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