During November 2018, The Stag Sevenoaks is hosting a series of
events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War

From a staged radio play inspired by local history, to a fascinating look at
wartime poetry with poet and sculptor Ev Meynell, find out more about how
the war affected Sevenoaks and the rest of the world


Event Listings


Dimming of the Day

Written Voice Theatre presents a new play specially written for Sevenoaks.

This staged radio play is performed live and inspired by Rosina Caplen, a local resident,
who fought tirelessly to find the body of her husband during the First World War.

The story also follows Rosina and her friends Eliza and Katherine as they try to help the hundreds of
Belgian refugees who fled their home country and arrived in Sevenoaks during the war. When news arrives
from Rosina’s friend Charles, she sets off a journey which will change her life.

There will be a fascinating pre-show talk at 6.30pm before both performances with local historians Ian Walker
on Nov 1 and Matthew Ball on Nov 2.  There will then be a short break from 7.30pm-7.45pm followed by the
performance of The Dimming of the Day.

Nov 1 – Prominent local historian Ian Walker will reference a group of Sevenoaks participants and the impact
of the First World War on them as part of his talk about the main reasons for the Allied Victory in 1918 and how
the British army came to play the leading role in this triumph.

Nov 2 – A Q&A session with local historian, Matthew Ball, to discover what life was like in Sevenoaks during the war.
Matthew will be taking about all aspects of the conflict and how it affected the people of Sevenoaks. He will also
be signing copies of his new book, Sevenoaks, the Great War and its Legacy after the performance.

Please note the ticket price includes both the talk and performance.

Dates & Times:
Thursday, November 1. Pre-talk at 6.30pm, Performance at 7.45pm
Friday November 2. Pre-talk at 6.30pm, Performance at 7.45pm
Venue: The Stag Plaza

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All Quiet on The Western Front

A special screening of the classic 1930 film.

The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War I by
their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits
and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals.

Date & Time: Sunday, November 4 at 3.30pm
Venue: The Stag Cinema

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Poetry and the Pity of War

Poet and sculptor Ev. Meynell takes a fascinating look at how hundreds of soldiers were inspired to become poets in
the First World War. He will be reading some of their best known works and exploring the poetic qualities that have made
them so memorable, as well as revisiting verses by other, largely forgotten, soldier poets, from England and abroad.

The talk will focus on the range of attitudes towards the war and the degree
to which a mastery  of poetic expression was vital in communicating their responses.

Date & Time: Sunday, November 11 at 6pm
Venue: The Stag Plaza

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Great Power
Stag Youth Theatre

The Stag Youth Theatre presents an action packed and educational history of World War One,
suitable for Key Stage 2 and upwards. Learn all about how it started, the key battles across land, sea
and air, and why it was illegal to hurt a pigeon!

This short play is performed by, and partly devised by, ten talented members of the Stag Youth Theatre as part
of Sevenoaks Remembers, The Stag’s arts festival commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 17 at 7pm
Venue: The Stag Theatre

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Trees of Remembrance

Kaleidoscope Gallery, in partnership with Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum, are
displaying centenary inspired artwork at Sevenoaks Library.

Dates:  Tuesday, November 27 to Monday, December 3
Venue: Kaleidoscope Gallery – Sevenoaks Library


Sponsored by Sevenoaks Town Council