Old Town Hall to turn into Theatre of War

Walter Tull was the first black combat soldier to fight in the trenches
Walter Tull was the first black combat soldier to fight in the trenches

To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, The Old Town Hall commemorates conflict in the 20th Century several personal stories about it.

The Hemel Hempstead institution will detail everything from the towering courage and inspiration of nurse Edith Cavell to the seductive manipulations of Mata Hari.

A November Day will tell the story of a woman who discovers the story of her grandfather, a First World War survivor

A November Day will tell the story of a woman who discovers the story of her grandfather, a First World War survivor

The narratives will range from the story of Walter Tull, the first black combat soldier to fight in the trenches, to the man voted the Greatest Briton in History in a BBC poll – Winston Churchill.

‘Churchill’ talks of his childhood, parents, education, marriage, painting, writing, appetites and his work in politics during two world wars at 8pm on Friday.

A Story of Soldiers, Football and Heroes will be staged on Friday, October 10, at 8pm. It shares the true story of football star Walter Tull, who fought in the First World War.

Mata Hari – the most notorious female spy in history – was executed in 1917. The tale of Mata the dancer, lover, confidante, courtesan, contradiction and liar will be told on Friday, November 7, at 8pm.

A November Day will tell the story of a woman who discovers the story of her grandfather, a First World War survivor. The production – suitable for younger viewers too – will be on Wednesday, November 19, and will feature puppets and live music.

Learn more at www.oldtownhall.co.uk