On 8-10 October 2015 the National Museum of Ireland (Decorative Arts and History) hosted The Great War Signal Corps, a piece of musical theatre developed by composer George Higgs with Tonnta vocal ensemble directed by Robbie Blake, that explored the writings and messages of the Irish soldiers in the First World War. The Great War Signal Corps is a piece of theatrical music for 4 singers, 5 actors, piano and electric bass. Performed in a minimalist dramatic setting, this exciting new piece explored the First World War from an Irish perspective using original source material in the National Library and National Archives, and developed in creative workshops with young students from local schools, with Higgs and poet Dermot Bolger: watch an introductory video on the workshops here.
It was performed by Tonnta vocal ensemble, members of Dublin Youth Theatre and organist David Bremner at The Riding School, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7 on 8 – 10 October 2015. The Great War Signal Corps project was supported by National Museum of Ireland. Poetry Ireland, Contemporary Music Centre and Dublin City Council.
Learn more about the National Museum’s exhibition Recovered voices: stories of the Irish at war.