WE’RE HERE BECAUSE WE’RE HERE
On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. ‘We’re here because we’re here’ saw around 1,400 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. ‘we’re here because we’re here’ was a UK-wide event commissioned by 14-18 NOW,
Jeremy Deller:Turner Prize-winning artist
Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 27 organisations.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR LONDON
I was employed by the National Theatre to direct the rehearsals for London.
I had two companies of 50 men which I solo directed and up to 150 men where I worked with additional associate directors.
This role involved great leadership managing such a large and diverse group with an age range of 16- 45.
This was a community based project which excelled in production values and in creating an extraordinary bond between the volunteers. This work pierced and opened the heart of the British Public and all of us that worked on it.
Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre with Lyric Theatre Belfast, Manchester Royal Exchange, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Playhouse Derry-Londonderry, Salisbury Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Royal Plymouth.
The project was supported by:
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Belgrade Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Bristol Old Vic, Storyhouse, Left Coast, Leicester Curve, Nuffield Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Pontio, Shetland Arts, Sutton Coldfield College BMet, The Artrix Bromsgrove, The Garrick Lichfield and Volcano.
Media partner: BBC