|June 8, 2018|
Battery is a new theatre company established in response to the opening of the award winning Battery amphitheatre in Dunbar. Battery aims to create site-specific theatre drawing on the rich history of Dunbar and using locally based arts professionals wherever possible. The ambition for Battery is to establish a reputation for creating high quality productions which are embedded within the Dunbar community and which draw visitors to Dunbar as well as attracting audiences from within the local area.
Battery’s first production has a working title of ‘Homecoming’ and draws inspiration from the Dunbar Battery’s history as a World War 1 hospital and its location close to the former Dunbar Barracks through which thousands of men passed on their way to the Front.
Performed in summer 2018, it will focus on the end of WW1 one hundred years earlier. The script is currently in production, but initial research by the company has highlighted the story of the Reverend James Kirk, the chaplain of Dunbar Parish Church who was the first chaplain to sign up in WW1. He served three tours of duty during which he wrote letters home to be read to his congregation.
Rev Kirk was killed in April 1918 and never made it home to Dunbar however his memorial stone sits in Dunbar Parish Church, yet his contribution to the town and his story is little known today.
The aim of the production is to use the story of Rev Kirk to explore the impact of the war on the people of Dunbar and beyond, not just on those who fought and returned but also on the families they left behind.