We Got Mittens Too!

Past Production
We Got Mittens Too!
The German soldiers' motto was: 'Gott Mit Uns' (God is with us). The ever resourceful Tommy had his own version: We got mittens too!
4-16 November 2008

On the front line momentous events are looming, behind the lines the 'Little Phils' Concert Party keep the troups entertained... back in Blighty those left behind work and wait - and are given the chance to keep up with fashion...

Based on a dramatic text written by Head Librarian Kay Easson to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the production was inspired by the archives and collections housed at the Lit & Phil and the stories of the people who inhabited the buildings at that time – the members and the staff and those who fought at the front and those left behind.

In partnerships with Newcastle College and the cadet branch of the Northumbrian Territorial Army, We Got Mittens Too! was developed as a promenade performance that took place throughout the Lit & Phil and Mining Institute, following a period of research and development in Ypres, Belgium.

Supported by

Northern Rock Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, Newcastle City Council, The Sir James Knott Trust and Northern Stage. Research and development supported by Arts Council England.

Location

The Literary & Philosophical Society (Lit & Phil) and the Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Awards

Best Performance 2008, Journal Culture Awards.

What people said

“Deeply moving. Brilliant use of location and link with the L&P. The books as parcels/wounded/ bodies were very effective. Lovely attention to details. Just the right balance between sorrow and humour - what an evocative experience”

(Audience member WE GOT MITTENS TOO!)
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. History lessons at school could never have taught me emotion like this performance

(Audience Member WE GOT MITTENS TOO!)