Poppy Field

with

Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo

& Voices at the Door

(Barry Coope, Jim Boyes, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya, Georgina Boyes)

Sint-Jacobskerk, Gezelleplein, Ieper

16 December 2018 – 16.30u

Tickets €15.00 - https://hetperron.be/tickets

Performance in English with Dutch translation

A half-written poem, a field of poppies and a series of strange meetings mark the past of four generations of a farming family from the Belgian town of Ieper. In his favourite place, looking across at the Poppy Field, Max listens as his Grandpa tells him the story of endurance and love that he knows so well – “It’s our story, my story, the family story.”

“The best known poem of the First World War is probably ‘In Flanders Fields’, by the Canadian John McCrae,” says author, Michael Morpurgo. “I wrote Poppy Field around the creation of that much read, much loved poem and set in a field in Flanders near Ieper, the story of a soldier poet, his poem and a Belgian family caught up in the fighting. We often forget the families, the civilians who suffered and so often died. We forget too that the suffering and dying goes on for so many, long after the war has ended. They should be remembered too.”