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£1,240raised of £1,441 target by 35 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,441 to help the last remaining York Normandy Veterans tour their verbatim play 'Bomb Happy' across Yorkshire within their lifetime

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Everwitch Theatre needs to raise £5434 to help the last remaining York Normandy Veterans see their verbatim play, ‘Bomb Happy’, tour, as a professional production, during their lifetime- time critically this year.

The Veterans will attend each of the six Yorkshire tour venues this Autumn to meet audiences in a unique & special post show event- Meet the Veterans.

The idea for a verbatim play about the real-life experiences of five of Yorkshire’s Normandy Veterans came about through concern by the remaining members, now in their nineties, that their experiences of D-Day and battles to liberate Europe from occupation could well die with them. They were particularly concerned that, as a nation, in years to come we may forget their young comrades who never returned from France, whom they remember on 6th June each year without fail when they re-visit the beaches and battlefields.

“I haven’t seen anybody dead before and we’re in the water wading to the shore and we’re literally brushing against…. bodies rolling in the surf - people that we know…eighteen, nineteen year olds –they’re people that we know!" (extract from the script)

Everwitch Theatre have interviewed & recorded the memories of these five exceptional men (sadly one Veteran has since passed away ) to create a play that tells each young soldier’s unique story in their own words, highlighting the lifelong impact of conflict trauma on these incredible men.

Funds raised will cover:

Travel to & from 6 Yorkshire venues for the Veterans & actors
Production costs - actor fees, a specially commissioned soundtrack, technical costs, costume (battledress) & props.
Marketing & publicity: design & print of 2650 flyers & posters to promote the tour.

Audience Written Feedback (2016 rehearsed readings of ‘Bomb Happy’)
“Evocative and involving-superb!” “Thoughtful, meaningful script with a beautiful message" “A brilliant & moving insight.'' " A poignant and moving legacy to real- life war heroes."

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    Everwitch Theatre

    7 days ago

    Everwitch Theatre

    Thank you so much to everyone who supported our fundraising event this weekend - we raised £360 and so have been able to reduce our target for this page accordingly! Thanks so much to everyone who couldn't make it but who donated here on our JustGiving page. We are nearly there everybody! Here's a photo of our the one and only Cookey, here sharing a joke with honorary Normandy Veteran Daphne Doran (whose words also feature in our play through the character of a Normandy Veteran's wife) & Jenny Rowley who made lovely cakes for our fundraiser!

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    9 days ago

    Everwitch Theatre

    Thanks to our friends who have been carbooting & quizzing and for other very kind offline donations - these total £83 and so we have reduced our target for this page accordingly! We are running a' Meet The York Normandy Veterans' fundraising event this Saturday 15th July at St Lawrence Church Hall with cake stall, fabulous raffle prizes (see flyer for details), book stall and of course the unique opportunity to have a cup of tea with York's remaining Normandy Veterans! Please come and help us reach our target! Thank you all once again :)

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    11 days ago

    Everwitch Theatre

    Tooltip trigger We've received £200 from Leger Holidays offline - thank you very much! We are really grateful for your support. We have therefore reduced our target for this page accordingly to £1884. Here is one of our favourite photos of four of our Veterans taken by Paul Reed last year when the Veterans returned to Normandy with Leger Holidays for the D-Day commemorations.

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  • Jon Lawson

    Jon Lawson

    Jul 16, 2017

    £10.00

  • Louise Larkinson

    Louise Larkinson

    Jul 16, 2017

    Sorry I couldn't be with you yesterday at the fundraiser. Here's a little something for the pot. Good luck! xx

    £10.00

  • Andy Farrell

    Andy Farrell

    Jul 15, 2017

    Good luck Gentleman and thank you for your service :)

    £50.00

  • Lotta Schneidemesser

    Lotta Schneidemesser

    Jul 14, 2017

    The York Normandy Veterans were the special guests at the conference Bringing Conflict Home which I co-organised. Meeting them and hearing from them about their experiences was very moving.

    £20.00

  • Stephanie Wright

    Stephanie Wright

    Jul 14, 2017

    I had to good fortune of meeting the Normandy Veterans at a conference back in May, and they were kind enough to share with us some of their stories. Good luck with this project!

    £10.00

  • Alison Shutt

    Alison Shutt

    Jul 10, 2017

    A very worthwhile cause that means so much to the veterans.

  • Heidi Mulhall

    Heidi Mulhall

    Jul 9, 2017

    A little something for the veterans, all the best Gents and we hope all goes well xxx

    £20.00

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Everwitch Theatre

Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Everwitch is a not for profit theatre company. Based in rural North Yorkshire, we are a new writing theatre company working within communities to explore and unearth stories of both local and national significance, bringing intangible heritage to life through verbatim theatre.

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