After 100 years of remembrances, it is time to look closer at the lingering connection we have to "the great war/world war one". A debate, with each side saying how 'great' the war was. On one side; a conscientious objector (Archibald Baxter), an antiwar general (General Smedley Butler) & a child of a soldier. On the other side, the royal cousins; a kaizar, a czar & a king. Telling these stories with masks and music, a gREAT rAW dances through the fabric of time to bring us a series of monologues to see how we can reconstruct our relationships with those who have gone before and awaken our perceptions of the past. How/why was the war so "great"? Whose stories do we listen to? Have you got an opinion? As the masked characters return from a century ago to come to life again, they share their memories as an encouraging prompt to you to reflect on your own histories.
From Archibald Baxter's Book, We Will Not Cease
"There were two strange dreams, not mentioned in the book, which I had shortly before the outbreak of the First World War. In the first dream I was travelling on the road near my birthplace, when I heard a noise in the sky, when I heard a noise in the sky, and when I looked up I saw a huge human eye moving over the land followed by a black funeral crepe. The feeling associated with the dream was one of grief and horror. In the second dream I was again in the same place, and saw a vast forest of trees, straight and slim and tall, growing towards the sky, "They are more beautiful than any I have ever seen," I thought. Then a man who stood by me answered my thought. "Yes, they are beautiful,'' he said, "but I am full of grief when I look at them. Those are the young men of the world, but the lords of the forest have sold it to death."