Sun, 21 Oct | Macready Theatre, Rugby School

Armistice Festival - About

A collection of world-class performances and community events inspired by The Great War. Funded by Heritage Lottery: 14-18 Then and Now, Arts Council England and Daventry District Council
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Armistice Festival - About

Time & Location

21 Oct 2018, 18:00 – 31 Oct 2018, 21:00
Macready Theatre, Rugby School, Rugby CV22 5DA, UK

About the Event

Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash

9th & 10th November @ The Macready Theatre

A compelling live graphic novel/ performed exhibition by International artist and illustrator Dave McKean. Based on the life of WW1 artist Paul Nash. Pre-show events include exhibition of Dave McKean’s art work (Lewis Gallery, Rugby School) and original artefacts from WW1 (The Memorial Chapel, Rugby School).


Be Brave and Come Home Safe

8th November @ Temple Speech Room

11th November @ Daventry Community Centre

A powerful story of love, hope and the deep scars of war told in drama, song and dance.

Written by BAFTA-nominated writer Martin Riley.

Come in costume and travel back in time. A unique musical, immersive and interactive community event. Performed by professional actors, musicians and the local community.

Tickets: £2 - £8 on Eventbrite and TicketSource

Children's WW1 Exhibition


The Foundry, Daventry

The Barn, Houlton

Local school children will work with professional artists, Kate Morris, to make art inspired by the WW1 artist Paul Nash. Their work will be exhibited in November.

WW1 Poetry Session

CV22, Rugby

The Foundry, Daventry

The Wheels on Debussy is working with Poet Laureates and professional wordsmiths in local secondary schools to inspire young people with WW1 poetry by Rupert Brooke and ignite their own writing. A series of poetry performances will take place in Rugby and Daventry.


The Harborough Collective Armistice Concert

St. Andrew's Church, Rugby

A WW1 inspired programme featuring new compositions by Lawrence Sheriff students and composter Kirsty Devaney.

How is The Armistice Festival funded?

The Wheels on Debussy has received funding from Heritage Lottery: WW1, Then and Now, Arts Council England and Daventry District Council. Additional funds will be raised through fundraising events and through other trusts and foundations.


Who is behind it?

The Armistice Festival is managed by The Wheels on Debussy.

The Wheels on Debussy devises, curates and presents concerts and theatrical performances, fosters creative communities, trains musicians and commissions writers to make and tour exceptional work to non-traditional spaces. The Wheels on Debussy has collaborated with Rugby School on The Armistice Festival who have supported the project from the beginning.


Fiona Sharp from The Wheels on Debussy says “it has been a great pleasure to work closely with Rugby School on getting The Armistice Festival on its feet. Rugby School remain passionate about offering opportunities to engage in culture and creativity as a community. “

The Wheels on Debussy aims:

1. Produce outstanding live music and theatre experiences for children, young people and adults on their doorstep so they don’t have to travel to cities.

2. Create intergenerational communities whereby the young and old can enjoy activities together.

3. Respond to issues raised by the local community to create uplifting events and exciting creative opportunities which will lead to safer villages/towns and community cohesion.

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Contact Fiona Sharp: 07931 564 262 or

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