Remembrance Sunday 10th November 2019 11:00 GMT will bring the nation together to join together in the traditional silence and commemoration to remember all those in the armed services who lost their lives in violent conflict.
On Monday 11th September 2019, Armistice Day, it will be the 100th time that people have got together to remember and on Sunday 10th November 2019, the 100th time we observe a minute’s silence.
Following the commemoration, an epic act of witness will take place in Manchester over the 24 hours from Remembrance Sunday to Armistice Day. From 11:01 GMT on Sunday until 11:00 GMT on Monday, the day and night will be given over to an epic act of witness and reflection to try and think about conflict, and what it will take to achieve a lasting peace.
24 Hours of Peace will be staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, UK and is a unique day long performance staged by Neil Barlett and a team of 48 performers who will recite 200,000 words provided by 100 people working for peace.
Performers include Toby Jones, Miranda Richardson, Adjoa Andoh, Maggie Steed, Don Warrington, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Liz Carr, Mina Anwar, Cherylee Houston, Carla Henry… and a host of others, all working day and night to bring the 200,000 words of the script to life. They are joined on stage by 24 community performers from across Greater Manchester – as well as voices from Baghdad and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the Peace Foundation, is one of the 100 people interviewed and his words will be part of the script. Nick said: “On Sunday and on Armistice Day many of us will take time out to reflect and remember those who lost their lives due to violent conflict.
“The following 24 hours will continue our remembrance but will also draw inspiration from 100 voices for peace, presented by 48 incredible actors in a venue that has also been a victim of conflict, having been rebuilt following a terrorist attack.
“I am pleased that I have been able to offer my thoughts and hope my words will contribute to the 200,000 on the script to further a sense of remembrance and renew our hope for peace.”
Creator, writer and performer, Neil Bartlett said: “The remembrance silence was the original inspiration for all of this – because at the heart of this performance is the idea that maybe, after a hundred years, we could be using it to tune in to some voices that maybe we haven’t heard from before.
“Right from the start, the idea was that 24 Hours of Peace should be something that anyone could be a part in if they wanted.”
The Royal Exchange Theatre will stay open for the whole 24 hours, and it is free entry – no ticket is required. No matter where you are in the country, you will be able to tune in to a live 24-hour radio broadcast of the event on www.resonancefm.com. And you can follow on Twitter and Facebook
Venue – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, UK
Date – 11:00 (doors 10:30) Sun 10th Nov – 11:00 Mon 11th Nov
Twitter – @24hoursofpeace