Derbyshlre Dales at wartime is the focus of new play at Thornbridge Hall

David Frederickson, from Cotton Grass Theatre. Photo contributed.

David Frederickson, from Cotton Grass Theatre. Photo contributed.

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A PLAY about the Derbyshire Dales during the Great War is to be performed by a local theatre company on Remembrance Day – raising funds for a Peak District charity.

Cotton Grass Theatre is doing two performances of The Unreturning Army at Thornbridge Hall, on Friday November 11 and Saturday November 12 at 7.30pm.

The play weaves original material from the Derbyshire Times and local parish magazines with the poems of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and others to show life in Peak District villages during the First World War. Profits from both performances are going to Friends of the Peak District.

“Cotton Grass Theatre is supporting Friends of the Peak District in response to the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system, which could open up green areas to developers,” said David Frederickson, of Cotton Grass.

“Protected landscapes like our beloved Peak District will need all the friends they can get. Many people fought and sacrificed their lives for the land they loved, and getting on for a century later we don’t want to see it ruined.”

Tickets cost £10 and can be reserved on 07920 755435. All profits from the performances will be donated to Friends of the Peak District.