17th December 1942: It is the evening of the school nativity and many excited children eagerly await their chance to perform. However, the nativity has not even begun when the sound of air raid sirens causes everyone to ﬂee to the community air raid shelter to escape from the threat of bombing. As fear and frustration grip many of the community members and threatens to destroy all Christmas spirit, they discover that through music they have a way to restore their morale. As they begin to share their dreams and excitements with each other through song and dance, they realise they may even be able to truly celebrate Christmas by devising a way that the children can ﬁnally perform their nativity play!
This Christmas, the people of Banbury and Chipping Norton will be visited by the story of ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’, an original show debuted last year in a sold out run. Created by immersive music group Voices Across Time, the show seeks to tell the story of Christmas during World War Two through the familiar music of the time, dance and word. Featuring both professional and amateur musicians and actors, I’ll be Home for Christmas will run for one night only at St. Mary’s Church, Banbury on Wednesday the 20th December and Chipping Norton Town Hall on Friday 22nd December. Voices Across Time will share a story of hope, heartache, determination, excitement, love and faith to welcome in Christmas with a sing-a-long show that embraces all the timeless classics from this era such as Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ and the Andrews Sisters’ ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ that have brought meaning and comfort to millions over the years.
The shows will be raising money for Katharine House Hospice, Kenyan Kids and St Mary’s Church Banbury. This is the fourth show from Voices Across Time, whose summer show, Old Boundary Lane, raised £1,200 for local charities in a sold out run. Voices Across Time was set up eighteen months ago by three ambitious musicians eager to create a performance experience that involved both the audience as well as the performers through original shows based on British History. Voices Across Time’s projects have now developed to include projects in schools and musicals in care homes. As they continue to expand and grow, they are very excited to be reaching a new audience in Banbury.
Tickets are £10 and include mince pies. Tickets can be reserved by e-mailing boxofﬁce@voicesacrosstime.com. There will be food and drink available at the performance. Please follow ‘Voices Across Time’ on Facebook and @voicesatime on Twitter.