Information Day March 1 2014

DEATH AT DAWN

A play by North Tyneside writer Peter Mortimer

This is a powerful, and controversial play specially commissioned by the Project and based around the events leading to his execution in France in 1916 of the young North Shields soldier William Hunter.

Hunter was one of more than 300 members of the British Army to face the firing squad in World War One and his case is specially significant due to the doubt cast on his age - had he been underage when he signed up? In such cases, the penalty was almost always reduced to imprisonment. For reasons unknown, Hunter was shot.

With a mix of both comedy and tragedy, the play's action moves from North Shields, to Montreal, to Merseyside and finally to the Western Front. The six-strong professional cast are supported by a group of young student actors from North Tyneside of similar age to Hunter when he enlisted. This is the region's only new World War One play to be professionally commissioned; it is performed by Cloud Nine Theatre Company and directed by Jackie Fielding. Peter Mortimer is one of the region's leading dramatists with more than two dozen plays produced.

The play is suitable for audiences aged fourteen and over.

Following the highly successful premier performances of the play in September 2014 it is hoped that further productions will be staged early in 2016 at venues in Wallsend, North Shields and Newcastle.