‘Sides of Silence- Remembering the Battle of the Somme’ will be performed by Oldham Theatre Workshop and Oldham Local Studies on Saturday 1 July.
The play follows a group of men from Oldham on a journey to the battlefields of the Somme.
It also commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele where more than half a million men were killed or wounded during the battle which became infamous for the scale of casualties.
A soldier from Royton, Private R. Blomley of the 22nd Manchester Regiment, recorded his experiences in a letter published in the Oldham Standard on 14 July 1916.
Maggie Kufeldt, Executive Director of Health and Wellbeing said: “This is a fascinating play which follows the story of a group of men from right here in Oldham. The Egyptian Room is a unique and atmospheric space and I’m sure this will be a very powerful and emotive performance.”
There will be three performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm followed by refreshments.
To book contact Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN; tel: 0161 770 4654; e-mail:
The play lasts for about 45 minutes and will take place in the recently refurbished Egyptian Room in the Old Town Hall on Greaves Street.
A small charge of £2 is payable on the day.