On Chesil Beach actor Sam West to join Broadstairs’ Poppy Proms in the Park event

Actor Sam West will join the Broadstairs Poppy Proms in the Park (Sam West photo Vince Maher, via Wikimedia Commons)

Actor, theatre director and voice artist Samuel West will be taking part in  the Bradstow School Poppy Proms in the Park event next weekend.

The On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour star will join Thanet groups and individuals for a Saturday evening performance at the two-day, Broadstairs Remembrance event.

Sam has directed on stage and radio and worked as an actor across theatre, film, television and radio. He often appears as reciter with orchestras and performed at the Last Night of the Proms in 2002. Audiences may also have recently seen him on television in an episode of American drama Trust.

Lorraine Hiller, Inclusion Development Manager at Bradstow School in Broadstairs, said: “We are delighted that acclaimed actor and director Sam West is joining us to work on Poppy Proms in the Park and sincerely thank him for giving up his time to support us.”

Poppy Proms in the Park is a whole community, inclusive, interactive commemoration of World War One, marking the 100 years since the guns fell silent.

The event marks the centenary of the end of the Great War

Events will start at the Memorial Recreation Ground 1914-1918 (commonly known as the Memorial Ground) in Broadstairs on Saturday, November 10, with a living history exhibit of life during 1914-1918. This exhibit will give a glimpse into the home front and beyond giving specific detail to events in Broadstairs and St Peters.

A life size warhorse sculpture created during inclusive art workshops by Bradstow and other local schools will be on display. There will also be an exhibition of work that has been completed during the last four years of the school’s war project.

Thanet schools, dance companies, inclusive choirs, theatre groups and musicians, will work side by side with Sam to bring the Poppy Proms in the Park to life. Stories from the home front and beyond will be told using acting, dance, song and music. Innovative music workshops for schools during the preceding months have provided some original pieces in amongst some old favourites.

Photo Broadstairs and St Peter’s Chamber of Commerce

On Sunday, November 11 the Remembrance Day service will be held by the war memorial in town with all groups attending invited to join a reprise of the Poppy Proms at the Memorial Ground and visit the Living History exhibit, open until 3pm.

The whole event will be free, but tickets will be required for the collaborative evening event on the Saturday and the reprise on the Sunday.

Tickets can be requested by message from @PoppyPromsPark on facebook or twitter, by emailing [email protected] or call the school (Monday-Friday) on 01843 862123.

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