“Standing in Line” marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War. By the end of the Great War there were few in this country unaffected by the conflict. Children grew up in the shadow of battle, their fathers either absent or lost. Mothers and wives were left wondering about the young men who never made it back from the trenches whilst those who did return were often forever marred by the experience.
“Standing in Line” is a beautiful mix of songs by Lester Simpson and other composers of the era, as well as readings from the works of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Rudyard Kipling.
Simpson reveals the story of his great uncle Albert Scrimshaw, born in 1885 in Eastwell, Leicestershire. Joining the ‘Ox and Bucks’ regiment, he marched off to war never to return.
His widow, Annie, continued to live in Derbyshire until her death in the 1970′s.
Lester Simpson is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, part of the Radio 3 award winning Coope, Boyes and Simpson. His songs have featured on radio, television, stage productions and most recently in a co-production with the former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo.
Standing in Line was commissioned by ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ and was first performed in the church at Passchendaele, Belgium.
“A beautifully produced and moving production” Cheshire Rural Touring Arts Promoter