Press Release: Our Brave Sons

Apr 07 2014

20 March 2014

Our Brave Sons

Boys are Dancing in Worcestershire

  • Boys Dancing project encouraging more boys and young men to get involved in dance
  • ‘Our Brave Sons’, performance Saturday 5 April, College Hall, Worcester
  • Commemorating boys under the legal age of 18 who fought in World War One

Boys and young men throughout Worcestershire have been working on a project that aims to encourage more males to dance, and to prove that dance is a great mix of spontaneous physical and mental activity that requires strength just as sport does, and is also a great workout for the mind.

Over a period of 6 weeks, dance artists led by Artistic Director David McKenna of Beingfrank Physical Theatre have been working with boys and young men at five Worcestershire schools, and with Sport undergraduates at the University of Worcester, on the Boys Dancing project.

The work will culminate in 'Our Brave Sons', a powerful and moving performance that looks at why so many young men lied about their age and signed up to fight in WW1. It will pay respects to the 250,000 boys under the legal age of 18 who volunteered to fight for their country but had no idea of the horrors awaiting them.

Boys Dancing is led by Beingfrank Physical Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre. Dancefest, the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, is managing the Boys Dancing project in Worcestershire for the first time this year, in partnership with Worcestershire Dance Teachers.

Rose Beeston, Dancefest’s Manager, says, “Boys Dancing is a fantastic project to be involved with. Dancefest is seeing more and more boys and young men taking part in dance. This project has involved over 70 male dancers aged between 12 and 21, who have gained skills and strength as well as creating some great new dance. The theme of World War One is providing some very moving material and the performance promises to be beautiful.”

‘Our Brave Sons’ is performed by dancers from Bishop Perowne, Regency, Hagley and Nunnery Wood High Schools and the University of Worcester, and takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 5 April at College Hall, College Green, WR1 2LL, near the Cathedral in Worcester. All tickets are £2 and can be booked by contacting Dancefest on 01905 611199. Some may also be available on the door.

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For press enquiries, please contact Poppy Marriott,, 01905 611199


Our Brave Sons
7.30pm, Saturday 5 April
College Hall, College Green, Worcester, WR1 2LL
All tickets £2
Tickets can be purchased over the phone by card at Dancefest on 01905 611199 or on the door, subject to availability.


Dancefest is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also gratefully receives funding from Worcestershire County Council, Herefordshire Council, Worcester City Council and Worcester Consolidated Municipal Charities.

Dancefest is the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and runs a vibrant year round programme that includes classes, projects and performances.

Dancefest leads many projects each year, varying in size and scale, from one off workshops to site specific performances. Dancefest designs and manages its own projects, which include Jigsaw, an annual integrated performance project, dance films and site-specific work. It also leads Worcestershire Dance Promoters, a consortium of local venues who bring high quality dance to the region.

Boys Dancing

The aim of this project is to prove to boys that dance is exciting, engaging, fun and challenging, to show that dance is a great mix of spontaneous physical and mental activity – it requires physical strength like in sport and it provides a great workout for the mind.

Warwick Arts Centre has been running boys dance activities since 1998. In 2005 they began their hugely productive working relationship with Beingfrank Physical Theatre.

Boys Dancing has two simple aims:

• To prove to boys and young men, who think that dance is just for girls, that through exciting, creative work that inspires and energises, dance could be something that is most definitely for them.

• To create dance opportunities for boys of all abilities, all backgrounds and from all communities thereby recognising, reflecting and celebrating the rich diversity of the West Midlands.