Former Wellsway student Matthew brings Great War story to stage in directorial debut

Published on: 08 Jul 2016

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A former Wellsway student will be making his directorial debut this month when he brings a play set in World War I to Bath.

Matthew Bromwich is currently studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where he has one year left of a three-year acting degree.

Along with two of his LIPA colleagues, Matthew has launched a new theatre company – Threedumb Theatre – and their first stage venture is Stephen McDonald’s play Not About Heroes, which comes to Bath’s Mission Theatre on July 18-20.

Directed by Matthew, the play uses real diary entries, letters and poems to paint a vivid picture of the Great War, focusing on the friendship of poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, played by Stephen Smith and Duncan Riches.

The trio are taking the play on tour to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme following a sell-out preview at LIPA on Remembrance Day last year. The production is supporting the Royal British Legion and volunteers will be taking donations towards the Poppy Appeal at the performances.

Before moving to Liverpool, Matthew was involved with a number of local drama companies, including Keynsham Youth Theatre, Zenith Youth Theatre Company, Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society and Mission Theatre residents, Next Stage Theatre Company.

Not About Heroes will be at the Mission Theatre, Corn Street, Bath from Monday, July 18, until Wednesday, July 20, at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now at Bath Box Office – to book, visit www.bathboxoffice.org.uk or call 01225 463362.

For information on the company and other venues for the tour, visit www.threedumbtheatre.com

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