Stories of how north-east families were affected by the First World War will take centre stage in an acclaimed production at His Majesty’s Theatre.
Far Far From Ypres uses the songs of the trenches to tell the story of the Scottish war effort as part of a national project to commemorate the ending of the centenary of the conflict.
The play also incorporates local stories and producers are asking people in the north-east to share their family memories of the war.
Thes could involve letters home from a great uncle or a great granny who toiled on the home front.
These tales will be worked into the production at HMT on Thursday August 9 which will star 26 Scottish folk scene favourites, including Barbara Dickson.
The touring production was devised, written and produced by Ian McCalman of folk group The McCalmans.
It shows the war through the eyes of a typical fictional character, Jimmy MacDonald, who moves from enthusiasm at serving his country to witnessing the horror of the trenches.
Ian said: “During the war, soldiers sang together to bond and alleviate fear, sharing songs from contemporary music halls as well as creating their own.
“However, looking back on the music of the war today, we can see how attitudes towards the conflict changed over its course, from the early, jingoistic songs that promoted recruitment and betrayed an innocence about the reality of war, through to the resignation, black humour and resentment present in the later songs”
Ian said the cast are looking forward to taking Far Far From Ypres to Aberdeen and other communities across Scotland to share the story of Jimmy MacDonald, representing so many young soldiers of the war.
The show is being delivered by WW100 Scotland as part of wider commemorations of Scotland’s Armistice centenary.
Family stories, up to 200 words maximum, should be emailed to ScottishCommemorationsPanel@gov.scot by July 18.