Glastonbury Festival 2013
The Little Victory Ball will be in Glebelands offering six shows a day in our new location- very excited but sad to be leaving our traditional spot in Bellas Field.
2013 brings The Little Victory Ball to new places
In May we will be performing in Street at the taster day at the wonderful 1930s lido.
June brings us back to Theatre and Circus field at the amazing Glastonbury Festival.
Greenbanks Lido Street 18th May 2013
The Little Victory Ball introduced Rosie or new Nurse (in training)
Frome Super Market
The Little Hook a Duck in the wonderful Frome Super Market offered a vintage game with traditional prizes.
Musing, poems, articles, .....
From Victory Balls to battlefield tourism…………………..
'Seven out of ten people believe [the Centenary] offers a once in a generation opportunity to make sure we all know our shared history and why Remembrance matters'. [Relevance of this – citation]
2014-2018 will commemorate the centenary of The First World War. Our First World War mobile museum and interactive home front theatre experience offers an insight into domestic and personal Remembrance covering the period from 1914 until the early 1920's.
We weave the story of the concept of Remembrance, both as a national construct and as part of the Homefront domestic narrative. Munitionettes, proud mothers and early attendees of the Great Victory Balls, as well as music hall entertainment a sort of new 'Oh What A Lovely War' brought to your school or community.
The 1919 plaster and wood Cenotaph was replaced by one made of Portland stone for the 1920 unveiling. The original one's base was made into bases for models of the Cenotaph; the top of it was taken to the new Imperial War Museum but was destroyed by bombing in The Second World War.
In November 1920 The Daily Mail were offering [for sale a] heavy duty cardboard Cenotaph with space for a name on the base. Has anyone ever seen one of these?
The Little Victory War addresses the myth that The Great War was futile - look who else is in agreement
Sir Max Hastings believes that UK's Centenary must explain that the First World War "was ghastly, but it was not futile". He continues that the notion of the Second World War as "the good war" and the First as "the bad war" should also be tackled. Sir Max concluded the debate by emphasising the importance of education during the Centenary and to "explain there was a cause, that the poets' view, the Blackadder view, that it was all completely futile is simply not true, it was ghastly, but it was not futile".
Posted on centenarynews.com on 05 December 2013
Sunderland Empire 1916 depicting a show which will' Go with a Bang!' also features a shrapnel [?] of Feminine beauties and Ten Tommies.
Echoes of The Great War can be heard in a song recorded in 1979 by Siouxsie and The Banshees using the words of the poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian John McCrae, written in 1915. McCrae's poetry often focused on death and the peace that followed.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Controversy over Victory Balls from 1918
Billie Carleton, entertainer at Victory Ball November 1918, was found dead the next morning from a cocaine overdose. On 27 November 1918 she left the theatre after performing and, wearing a daringly diaphanous outfit designed by her friend Reggie de Veulle, Billie attended the Victory Ball at the Royal Albert Hall. It was one of many such events held to commemorate the recent end of the war, and was under the patronage of a large number of aristocratic ladies. It was a particularly long and splendid affair, lasting into the small hours. The next day Carleton's maid found her dead in bed in her Savoy Hotel suite, apparently killed by an overdose of cocaine.
The Victory Ball in Agatha Christie’s Affair at the Victory Ball 1923 featured an actress who died of a cocaine overdose.
In Wilfred Ewart's Way of Revelation.1921 he describes The Grand Victory Ball in 1918
“As they danced they were lost. And in the mass some were gray and some gay and some gibbered or grinned, and some ashen white were streaked and smeared and from some great drops fell, whether tears or blood. And some wore the death shroud and some in uniforms....and he waved to them”.
We were invited to Mells (where Siegfried Sassoon is buried) Community cafe to present a bit of chat and a selection of artefacts to show the pensioners whilst they ate lunch. Rona aged 90 loved to talk about her father who came home from the war with shrapnel in his back, and just had to get on with his life. Her opinion was that the Centenary should be a time of celebration. Thank you lovely people!!!!