Voices Over Passchendaele

Voices Over Passchendaele


The Play

Voices Over Passchendaele

100 years since the end of WW1
95 years since the start of the BBC

The wartime story of the man who became the father of British Broadcasting.

As World War One starts, twenty-two year old Peter Pendleton Eckersley is aiming at refining the hopelessly inadequate radio sets being tested in the planes of the Royal Flying Corps. Grounded and sent back to England by his C.O. to the Brooklands Wireless Testing Development School in Surrey, Eckersley is about to make history.

A World War One play performed over armistice weekend in tribute to the fallen.

Using original props, uniforms and aircraft radios used in the trenches.

Bringing theatre to Northwood House for the first time, this new play will transport you back 100 years to the darkest days of WW1. It charts the struggle of one man as he fights to build radio equipment for the Royal flying Corps. Five years later he will build the BBC as it's first Chief engineer.

View of Northwood House, Cowes

The Venue

Northwood House, Cowes

Northwood House is a country manor house in Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. The current building dates back to 1799 and was built for the London businessman George Ward, remaining in his family for five generations. It is a Grade II listed building, said to have a ground floor area of around 15,000 square feet.

In 1929, Northwood House and its 26-acre "pleasure park", known as Northwood Park, were gifted by the Wards to Cowes Urban District Council. The gift was conditional upon the house being used as municipal offices and the grounds ‘as pleasure gardens for the people of Cowes’.

In 2010, after 81 years of operating as Council offices, the Council withdrew and handed the house and estate over to a charitable trust to administer. Today this Georgian manor house is looked after and run by the Northwood House Charitable Trust Co. Ltd. Their aim is to preserve the building and its grounds for the enjoyment of future generations. Its grounds are open to the public and its buildings are available to hire or to let by the general public as an events centre.

Picture of the Director and Oliver

The Cast

  • PETER ECKERSLEY – Oliver Fry
  • GABY – Hannah Brewer
  • TOM ECKERSLEY – Patrick Barry
  • MAJOR C. E. PRINCE – Simon Lynch
  • NARRATOR – Fiona Gwimmett

  • Writer and Staging - Felicity Fair Thompson
  • Writer and WW1 Historian - Tim Wander
  • Director – Maureen Sullivan
  • Lighting and Sound – Jo Thornton