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Faces wanted to tell Portsmouth tales from the days before war

FACES Artists Helena Eflerov� and Kye Wilson at Portsmouth Central Library                    Picture: Sarah Standing (141153-4606)

FACES Artists Helena Eflerov� and Kye Wilson at Portsmouth Central Library Picture: Sarah Standing (141153-4606)

 

THE producers of a video exhibition have called for people to help share the stories of Portsmouth in the lead-up to the First World War.

The project, called Faces, will feature residents from the Portsmouth area talking about the build-up to war and how the city changed.

The video will be played at the Historic Dockyard on a specially-designed screen during Portsmouth Festivities’ arts events in June.

Portsmouth Festivities general manager Samantha Worsey said Portsmouth artists Kye Wilson and Helena Eflerova would research and create the video using historic diaries, artwork letters and testimony.

She said: ‘We’re looking for people to come forward and be filmed as performers in the piece.

‘No performance experience is necessary and we’re encouraging people from any background, ability and age over 12 to take part.’

Ms Worsey said people with family histories stretching back to the First World War were also encouraged to get in touch so that their stories could also be told in the film.

She said: ‘Some people from Portsmouth might have their own stories from their families about what was going on at that time, and we can incorporate them into it as well.’

Ms Worsey said Faces would be shown on a 10m by 10m high-definition screen at the Starboard Arena area between HMS Victory and the Royal Museum of the Royal Navy.

She said: ‘The quality of the images is going to be sharp and fantastic.

‘It will literally look like floating heads above the Starboard Arena.

Mr Wilson said it was fascinating, although often difficult, researching the project. He said: ‘We’ve found quite a lot of things from newspapers of 100 years ago.’

Portsmouth Festivities will run from June 20 to 26 and will also include workshops, poetry and plays from the First World War.

Anyone interested in taking part can email info@portsmouthfestivities.co.uk or call (023) 9268 1390.

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