We’re here because we’re here Retold
The REP will be telling the story of the contemporary memorial We're here because we're here, with an exhibition presented by 14-18 Now, until 20 July.
We're here because we're here took place on 1 July 2016 when more than 1400 voluntary participants in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly in locations across the UK.
The participants were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day.
Created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, We're here because we're here reached over 30 million people across the UK and was produced by The REP and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 23 other theatres. It was commissioned by 14-18 Now, the UK arts programme for the First World War Centenary commemorations.
The exhibition tells the story of the project through images of the volunteers from across the UK and the BBC documentary charting the making of the project.
We're here because we're here was a truly national piece of theatre and a powerful way to remember the men who went off to fight 100 years ago. We hope you can pop by to take a look at the exhibition before 20 July.