Pro Patria was a huge success. Kennet School in Thatcham was the scene of World War One for two evenings! As the audience entered the car park they could hear the Last Post being played at the Cenotaph which had all the World War One role call of all the local area written upon it. Once into the hall there was total chaos as wounded soldiers were rushed to the portable hospital on stretches and doctors and nurses were trying to cope as yet another air raid was sounded. The audience were rushed though into a bunker and then onto their seats where they could await the performance amid casualties and wheelchair patients. A dramatic start to an hour of total absorption. There was never a dull moment as the music went from spectacular ‘call up to fight’ to almost sacred beauty. The drama was unveiled with flags, dance and words from real events as well as poetry. One of the moving moments was the reading of Cyrus Thatcher’s letter. Cyrus was killed last year in Afghanistan and it brought war into the ‘today’. Although sad and moving the overall feeling was one of huge warmth for fellow humans with gratitude and honour. The music was sensational and both nights were a sell out. The Kennet School choir (alongside Enharmonic) and drama department gave a wonderful performance and must be congratulated on their interpretation of this work.
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