In December 2017, Voices Across Time returned with their sell-out 2016 show, ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’ for two nights only at St. Mary’s Church, Banbury on the 20th December and another at Chipping Norton Town Hall on the 22nd December.
Both performances raised money for Katharine House Hospice, Kenyan Kids and St Mary’s Church, Banbury and we are THRILLED to announce we will be donating a total of £1,650, split evenly between the three charities.
‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’ told a story of hope, heartache, determination, excitement, love and faith that welcomed in Christmas with a sing-a-long show that embraced all the timeless classics from this era such as Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ and the Andrews Sisters’ ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ that brought meaning and comfort to millions over the years.
“17th December 1942: It is the evening of the school nativity and many excited children eagerly await their chance to perform. However, the nativity has not even begun when the sound of air raid sirens causes everyone to flee to the community air raid shelter to escape from the threat of bombing. As fear and frustration grip many of the community members and threatens to destroy all Christmas spirit, they discover that through music they have a way to restore their morale. As they begin to share their dreams and excitements with each other through song and dance, they realise they may even be able to truly celebrate Christmas by devising a way that the children can finally perform their nativity play!”
This production explored the lives of a small community group at Christmas in World War Two. We met evacuee school-boy Jimmy who was desperate to perform in the community’s Nativity show as he had learnt all of his lines and had a solo in one of the songs but the sound of the air raid siren forced everyone into the community shelter with no idea as to when they will be allowed out.
As the community busied themselves trying to keep morale high by prepping for the Christmas fete and sharing in song and dance with help from the more musical members of the community, the arrival of American G.I. Frank George caused quite a stir especially with the younger ladies of the community. As Frank George brought further news (and a couple of presents he managed to sneak in), he began to build a relationship with young Jimmy whose frustration at not being able to perform the nativity would not wane. Together they share in the excitements and challenges of Christmas at wartime, much to the gratitude of Jimmy’s evacuee mother Clara who was at a loss at how to deal with his upset. As relationships blossomed and dreams shared between the members of the community, it was the challenge of performing the nativity that evening in the shelter that truly allowed the community to come together and celebrate Christmas.
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St. Mary’s Church Banbury, Horse Fair, Banbury OX16 0AA
Chipping Norton Town Hall, The Guildhall, Chipping Norton OX7 5NJ