Greenham Trust Commissions Site Specific Cold War Scenes

Journey back through time to the 1980s and experience the Decontamination Suite, Control Tower and Peace Camp at Greenham Common in a specially commissioned piece of immersive theatre.

The Cold War ExperienceFollowing the success of the 2017 outdoor event on Greenham Common, a follow-on set of 1980s Cold War scenes has been commissioned by Greenham Trust, working with the arts and heritage production company Fete Day, which co-produced Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace for the Trust.
 
The Greenham Cold War Experience will work with professional performers and production team, to bring history to life in some of the remaining buildings of the cold war era at Greenham Common, including the Decontamination Suite, the Control Tower and the Peace Camp. Local scriptwriter Beth Flintoff is again involved in shaping the project and is working with Artistic Director Jeremy James and Director/Performer Christian Flint who devised the original Decontamination Suite Tour as part of the 2017 heritage activities, celebrating 20 years since Greenham Common returned to local ownership.
 
The scenes will be performed over two national Heritage Open Day weekends in September 2018.  Public performances will take place on the weekends of 8/9 September and 15/16 September, with schools’ performances from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 September inclusive.

Tickets and schools bookings are now available via the Corn Exchange Newbury Box Office on 0845 5218 281 or www.cornexchangenew.com.

Chris Boulton, Chief Executive of Greenham Trust says:
‘We are delighted to continue to support the arts and particularly to commission this creative event relating to the history of Greenham Common.  We have supported the development and production of the Cold War scenes because of the demand for further performances following our outdoor event and heritage project in 2017, and we hope this new Greenham Experience is an exciting way of exploring the history of the site. “

 
Now a haven of nature and wildlife, in the 1980s Greenham Common saw the return of the American forces and the arrival of nuclear missiles when it was announced that the air base would house 96 nuclear warheads to deter the growing Russian threat. Protests were led by women peace campaigners who camped around the perimeter fence and by the main gates and Greenham Common became synonymous internationally with the anti-nuclear protest movement. The decontamination suite was part of the military facility in case of chemical attacks on the base.
 
Playwright, Beth Flintoff says:
The Greenham Cold War Experience allows us to offer an immersive view of the 1980s and we will take you right into the era to see the events which unfolded here in Greenham, which were at the centre of international hostilities between East and West, and which had such an impact on our local community.’

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