In Someone Else’s Shoes

Free foyer performance

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In 1947, in the wake of World War II, children from Bristol sent pairs of shoes to schools in poverty-stricken Hannover, Germany. In celebration of this 70-year friendship between the two cities, students from Bristol and Hannover secondary schools will tell stories, perform songs and share upcycled shoes.

This will be a theatrical piece, involving movement and mime to bespoke musical compositions conveying the story of the twinning from 1947 to present day. Bristol and Hannover were the first English and German cities to be twinned soon after the Second World War. In 1947, Germany was still recovering from the war and, following a bitter winter, children from Bristol sent shoes to the poverty stricken children of Hannover. Having no money, Hannover ‘paid’ for the shoes with music.

On December 12th 2017, students from Bristol and Hannover secondary schools; Fairfield, Cotham and IGS Kronsberg will be performing In Someone Else’s Shoes, sharing stories, songs and upcycled shoes in celebration of this enduring friendship between the two cities.

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Supported by

  • Arts Council England National &  Lottery Funded

  • 70 years of friendship between Bordeaux, Bristol, Hannover

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