Students bring war stories to life at IWM North

Monday 3 June 2013

University of Salford students will be bringing stories and memories of war and conflict to life this month when they perform their own, specially-commissioned work at IWM North.

As part of the University’s free Create at Salford Festival showcasing the talents of more than 800 arts and media students, IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, will host the innovative drama, dance and musical performances over the weekend of Saturday 15-Sunday 16 June.

On Saturday 15 June, visitors to the museum can follow the stories of three real GI brides who found love among the destruction and devastation of the Second World War. Through music, movement and evoking memories, students will aim to immerse the audience in the sights, sounds and emotions of Britain during the Second World War, helped by the atmospheric surroundings of IWM North.

Reflecting the museum’s current major exhibition, Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict, HND Performance and Media Practices students will act and curate encounters with individuals or small groups of characters, encompassing both live and recorded work.

In The Bunker, groups of five will be challenged to help save humanity from the end of the world. Participants will be judged, tested, studied and ranked to see who has the leadership skills, nerve and wits to bring society back from the brink of destruction.

Lightening the mood, and returning to the 1940s theme, a student swing band and dancers will entertain visitors with some famous wartime tunes and jiving. And on Sunday 16 June, the museum will host war-themed electro-acoustic concerts by music students.

Lisa Cullen, Pathway Leader, BA Performance in Dance Theatre said: “We are really happy to be performing at the Imperial War Museum North, it’s a fantastic opportunity for our students. Our performances will perfectly complement their current exhibitions with a whole range of exciting and engaging one-off events for audiences to get involved with. I’m sure that our students will help make it a day to remember for all festival goers!”

Camilla Thomas, Visitor Programmes Manager, IWM North said: “We are excited to be working with students as part of the Create at Salford Festival. IWM North’s collections centre around personal stories of those who have lived through conflict and aim to challenge people to look at conflict from different perspectives.  We are hoping the performances will bring new ideas to our programme and give visitors a totally unique experience.”

The IWM North events are just a few of the huge range of Create at Salford Festival activities open to the public on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June. From a modern twist on the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty to the chance to be a newsreader in the University’s state-of-the-art TV studios, plus video gaming, music, exhibitions and much more, there will be lots to enjoy for the whole family.

For further information, and the latest news on Festival events, visit the Create at Salford Festival website at, follow @createatsalford on Twitter (hashtag #UoSCreate) or check out the Create at Salford Facebook page.