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Poppu Girls: Abbie Pillet, Megan Talbot, Megan Griffiths, Cara Sisson
Poppu Girls: Abbie Pillet, Megan Talbot, Megan Griffiths, Cara Sisson

A weekend of free arts events, including a theatrical production, in Scarborough will commemorate the 1914 Bombardment of the town.

Scarborough composer John Pattison and Beach Hut Theatre Company have teamed up with various local organisations to produce the events.

A highlight will be Remember Scarborough! – a musical drama documentary written and composed by Pattison.

Staged by six local actors and musicians in the St Nicholas Gardens, behind the Town Hall, the 45-minute production will be performed on Saturday September 27 and Sunday September 28 at 8pm.

It will tell the story of the bombardment and give an insight into life in Scarborough 100 years ago.

The music will be performed live by the composer using a specially created orchestral keyboard rig alongside more conventional instruments and some visuals created for the event by video artists Paul Nash and Liam Watt Pattison.

On the Sunday St Nicholas Gardens will come alive to the sights and sounds of World War One.

From 10.30am to 4.30pm, at the Foreshore Road entrance to the gardens, Scarborough Museums Trust and Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre will present historical displays and exhibitions.

Between 2pm and 4.30pm there will be a series of pierrot show presentations by Yorkshire Coast College performing arts students.

Visitors can also follow a Remembrance Route through the gardens, which honours the 18 local people who died during or as a result of the intensive shelling by two German battleships on December16 1914 with information panels about each one.

The route will be manned by ‘poppy girls’, students on YCC’s historical and performance costume for stage and screen course, wearing costumes they have created in memory of the events of 1914.

At the top of the gardens, by the statue of Queen Victoria, will be a theatre tent, where rehearsed readings of six World War One plays by writers from the Stephen Joseph Theatre Outreach programme will be presented by the college’s acting students directed by Alison Watt.

In the Sunken Gardens opposite the Royal Hotel, which had 160 windows smashed in the shelling, students the fine art and art foundation degrees will spend the day creating a giant artwork depicting the bombardment on large canvases.

Visitors will be able to look at the student’s research materials and artwork created in the lead-up to the event.

Admission to all of the weekend’s events is free.