Participants in Eloquent Protest IV
Eloquent Protest is an annual event for peace. This powerful piece of theatre fuses music, poetry and drama - an artist’s response to the price of war, which honours the fallen and counts the cost of their sacrifice.
For generations artists, writers, poets and singers have raised their voices in eloquent protest against the terrible cost of war. Owen, Hardy, Pablo Casals, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Joan Baez, Adrian Mitchell and David Harsent to name but a few, along with a whole generation of new Iraqi artists have added their voices to those of innocent civilians like Anne Frank and the children of Terezin who yearned for a peaceful world through their words and music.
Eloquent Protest has quickly become one of the most important and moving events in Londons theatrical calendar. From small beginnings in 2006 this unique event has grown each year and in 2008, due to popular demand, the event moved into the main stage in Studio 1 to sell-out audiences, sponsored by ATG, Autograph Sound and The Stage Door Foundation. In 2008, co-producer Hazel Roy also took a studio show of Eloquent Protest to the International Kathmandu Theatre Festival to great acclaim.
Former MP and veteran campaigner Tony Benn again hosted the 2009 event together with acclaimed actress and singer Janie Dee. The artists and production team gave their time freely for the event and all profits go to the Mark Wright Project. (YouTube clip)
For more images and information about the 2009 event, click here
An ever-growing cast of outstanding and award winning artists have been involved in Eloquent Protest over the years: Robert Powell, Jason Isaacs, Clive Rowe, Samuel West, Rupert Wickham, John Guerrasio, Sam Ellis, Dan Willis, Jane Milligan, Loveday & Julian Littman, Sally Burgess, Neal Thornton, Rosemary Ashe, Charlie Dore, Peter Straker, Johnnie Fiori, Maggie Preece, Fiona MacDonald, Lemn Sissay, David Harsent, Reem Kelani, Charlotte Forrest, Roy Bailey, Philip Desmeules, Ellie Paskell, Two’s Company, Marlene Sidaway, Jeffrey Harmer, Annette Reis-Dunne, Ben Mellor, Stella Duffy, Julia Watson, Warren Wills, Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus, Ben Goddard, Jeff Borradale, Matilda Wickham, Wendy Parkin, Robin Colyer, Matthew Hardy, Oliver Hawes, Shirley & Shirley, Christopher Sheridan, Ben Griffin, Will Strange, Jill Kemp, Leslie Forbes, Nasrin Parvaz, Noreen Kershaw, Hazel Roy, Mia Jaye, Caroline Clegg, Julie Nicholson and The Most Effective Drum.
“...as a veteran this is one of the most moving events I have been to and hope it grows each year so that in 2010 it can be seen at the Albert Hall...” - Audience Member
REVIEW - ELOQUENT PROTEST III
Paper Poppies and Real Tears
“...The Trafalgar Studios’ stage is scaled down by plain black curtains, and the black floor simply decorated with scarlet paper poppy leaves, giving the studio an intimate feel of a small fringe production, rather than of its West End glitz…
If anyone had said an event about world wars would be entertaining, and in fact laugh-out-loud funny at times, you might find it hard to believe. But it isn’t as serious an event as you might think, with humour - as well as heartbreaking stories of everyday life during the Blitz, including one so sad it doesn’t bear repeating.
This is an event for all those of us, myself included, born in the late 20th century onwards, who might pin a poppy on every November in no more than a polite gesture of good citizenship. The event could so easily have been melodramatic and depressing, but instead was uplifting and positive. It provoked not the easy emotion of show business, but real tears of real loss.” Aleks Sierz, TheatreVoice, 4 Stars