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Preview: Asunder at Sunderland Empire


Logos 1418 now and Sunderland Cultural Partnership
Asunder - World Premiere
Sunderland Empire
Sunday 10th July 2016  

To mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Sunderland Cultural Partnership and 1418 Now have come together to create Asunder – one of the North East’s most significant commemorations of the WW1 Centenary.

HMS Opal, Sunderland
In 1916 the North East was in the front line, thanks to its shipyards and munitions factories. Asunder will tell the story of what happened to a typical British town during the First World War, with virtually all of its men abroad fighting and all of its women and children left behind.

Ace striker and
munitions worker Bella Reay
© Yvonne Crawford
Through the stories of half a dozen people from Wearside and Tyneside, we uncover just what life was like on the home front - with bombs falling on Britain for the first time, conscientious objectors sentenced to death, and women working as doctors, tram conductors and footballers, some of them even wearing trousers. The world was changing. 

Field Music


The story is told through a beautiful film carefully crafted with archive and new footage, narrated by Kate Adie with Alun Armstrong as the voice of the Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, and a dramatic new soundtrack scored and performed live by Mercury Music Prize nominated Field Music, electronic music duo Warm Digits and the world famous Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Vaux Drayman George Thompson
and his war horse
© North News Pictures ltd
Throughout the day on July 10 there will be activity in Sunderland city centre to commemorate the lives of those affected by Battle of the Somme and the events of 1916.

Asunder is co-commissioned by Sunderland Cultural Partnership and 14-18 Now: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sir James Knott Trust and Sunderland Business Improvement District.

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Asunder comes to Sunderland Empire on Sunday 10th July 2016. Doors open 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tickets, priced from £12*, are available from Sunderland Empire Box Office 0844 871 3022 or
*Booking fees apply

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