14-18 NOW and the National Theatre present an exhibition at Northern Stage from 3 - 17 Mar that tells the story of the contemporary memorial ‘We’re here because we’re here’ created by Jeremy Deller. ‘We’re here because we’re here’ took place on 1 July 2016 when more than 1400 voluntary participants in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The participants were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day.
The exhibition will tell the story of the project through images of the volunteers from across the UK and BBC documentary charting the making of the project.
Northern Stage, Newcastle: 3 – 17 March
Royal Exchange, Manchester: 23 March – 19 April
National Theatre Wales offices: 4 – 21 April
Curve Theatre, Leicester: 25 April – May 6
Pontio, Bangor: 10 – 29 May
Volcano, Swansea: 11 – 24 May
Birmingham Rep: 30 May – 20 July
National Theatre London: 1 June – 31 August
Derry Playhouse: 7 – 27 September
Salisbury Playhouse: 4 – 26 October
Theatre Royal Plymouth: 6 – 25 November
Created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, ‘We’re here because we’re here’ reached over 30 million people across the UK.
See the full story here with images and videos captured throughout the day
Commissioned by 14-18 NOW. Conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. 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
‘we’re here because we’re here’ was made possible by an Ambition for Excellence Award from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland and Art Fund. 14-18 NOW is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.