Teenagers from Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company from South Wales were due to be performing in a big variety concert in Brynaman Public Hall to mark 75 years since the end of WWII which was cancelled due to Covid 19. The group had spent months researching the history of the time and were passionate about finding an alternative way within lock down to mark this hugely significant occasion and say thank you to those who made sacrifices for the freedom we experience today even in lockdown!
The young people developed a whole programme of online content and entertainment for the day and broadcast live on YouTube including a tutorial in the dance they created for families to do outside their homes, monologues, cooking with rations, phone ins and a session from vintage singer Peri Lynne herself.
The group created artwork that draws parallels between the communities at home during WWII and our current experiences of lockdown including modern propaganda style posters urging people to wash their hands and stay indoors as well as a graphic story exploring time travel between the two time zones!
The day culminated in a national dance along to Peri Lynn singing We’ll Meet Again! The group taught the dance across the week on social media, encouraging families to record and share their version of the dance building towards an online flashmob.
Group Member Magda Smith said:
Lockdown is a trying time for everyone, and VE day was a celebratory day when the second world war ended on the 8th of May 1945. Just because we aren’t in a perfect place in the world right now with Covid – 19 doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the victories Europe already has had, it gives me hope.