The Lower Kersal Young People Group are no strangers to making films and plays. Productions such as A Breakfast Carol, Top Deck and You Can't Buy Time, were met with critical acclaim and deservedly so. Then and Now, is their latest venture and promises to be even better.
The LKYPG is a group organised and run by Tommy and Lesley Lever from their small base at St Aidan's Church on Littleton Road, Lower Kersal. In association with ReelMCR, a community media organisation, this latest film is designed to make younger members of today's society aware of the cause, and the outcome and effects of WW1.
It focuses on the moving story of the heroism and ultimate fate of the 1st Salford Pals regiment in action at the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. Without giving away too much of the plot, the story moves back and forth through time to try to reflect the attitudes of the people in that time Ė 1914-15 - and contrast it with attitudes today given our hindsight.
It examines the thoughts of today's young people towards those young men who made the ultimate sacrifice on that dreadful day just over 100 years ago.
"It was a great experience, but also very harrowing getting in the mind of the young soldiers and understanding their thoughts in the final hours within the trench" says Sean Massey, 21, who stars in the film.
Written and directed by Tom Charnock and edited by Stuart Blair, with a cast comprising local young people, Then and Now is being premiered at The Lowry, before being entered into the Imperial War Museum Film Festival 2017.
Then and Now
Monday April 10th 7:30pm start
The Quays Theatre at The Lowry
Tickets are free. Just phone Tommy Lever on 07748 774409 or Lesley Lever on 07909 748986 for details.
See also the Facebook event page - click here
Words by Mike Skeffington