A short extract from Dugout - first in a series of four films featured on the DVD Triangle's Work In Times of War. An exploration of World War Two using immersive museum and performance methods. First created 2001. Subsequent projects between 2002 and 2012.
DUGOUT! The Little Herberts (2004)
Dug Out! - a unique film/theatre experience
"You have to be really brave to do it."
"I was scared at first in the air raid, I was starting to act scared and then I really started crying, thinking it was real." Ellie May, aged 7.
"I think you really captured it, it was very frightening " Mary Wade, aged 69.
A stirring documentary using a controversial method of film making to capture children's emotions as they recreate a war time experience.
Follow children as they endure a Home Front Training Camp led by the eccentric Whissell and Williams from the Ministry of Information.
This film explores a comical and moving child's perspective on war, peace, survival and propaganda. Produced by The Little Herberts aged 6-14, under the guidance of theatre/film practitioners Richard Talbot and Carran Waterfield, using original World War 2 memories and artefacts from the Coventry Blitz.
Funded by Arts Council England (West Midlands), Coventry Arts and Heritage and Screen West Midlands.
2.30 PM 2 January 2004. Warwick Arts Centre Cinema, COVENTRY
Transit Festival, Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark
24 January 2004
Birmingham Screen Festival 5.45pm 10 March 2004 UGC Cinema, Broad Street, BIRMINGHAM
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, COVENTRY
8.45am 6 April 2004 (private screening)
August 2002, October 2002, February 2003, April 2003
Film work April - October 2003
Total Theatre Autumn 2003
Feature article by Jessica Naish
Regional Arts Lottery Programme, Coventry City Council, Screen West Midlands, Arts Council England and Film Council