Join us for the premiere screening of the making of Refrain, a site-specific choral work produced by Situations with Verity Standen Projects, exploring the hidden history of conscientious objectors.

In Spring 2017, 80 untrained male singers performed Refrain a haunting a cappela choral work in sites of historic significance for the story of conscientious objection in the First World War. The acclaimed, promenade performances across Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire, St. Helens, Merseyside and Newhaven Fort in East Sussex were devised and composed by Verity Standen and produced by Situations.

This November, Situations presents the premiere screening of the film which documents the making of Refrain, charting the ways in which Verity Standen brought the work to life, hearing the experiences of those involved and the background to the charged sites of performance across the country. As an event for those interested in the making of site specific performance, WW1, conscientious objection and the value of new forms of commemoration, the context of the hidden history of conscientious objectors to conscription in WW1 will be used to launch wider discussions around the future of remembrance.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Verity Standen and Arnolfini Director Claire Doherty (former Director of Situations) as well as Professor Lois Bibbings, an expert on conscientious objectors and co-curator of Refusing To KillBristol’s World War 1 Conscientious Objectors, a current exhibition at Bristol Cathedral about Bristol’s relationship to this national story.

We will also be encouraging live twitter debate from the event for those who cannot attend in person.
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Event details:
The Future of Remembrance: Refrain film premiere + Q&A
Wednesday November 22nd 19.00 – 20.00
Free but spaces are limited, booking recommended. 

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