A SHOW commemorating the centenary of the First World War period is coming to Hartford this weekend.

‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ will be performed in the Grange Theatre for one night only on Saturday, November 10 from 7.30pm.

The story focuses on three young men joining the army and the families they left behind.

Alan Bowles,37, the show’s creator and director, is excited for another audience to see his project which he spent two years working on.

Alan, from Bedfordshire, said: “The reception so far has been lovely. People really seem to love it.

“I think the fact that we use a local choir in each venue really brings it home to people. It’s a national commemoration but we do involve the community.

“It is really exciting to be able to offer local singers the chance to join us for this very unique centenary tour, and we hope that people will support them and the incredibly hard work they are putting into learning these beautiful, poignant songs.”

Alan is an experienced in producing shows but this has been a passion project for him.

“I’ve spent ten years producing pantomimes and I have always been fascinated by how such a horrible time in our history brought us such wonderful music.

“I really enjoyed the research for this production I found some unbelievable music from it.

“I’ve spent two years on this and I am very proud of it.

“The production values are big, we have a lot of sound equipment and a fantastic set.”

Despite being set during one of darkest periods of history Alan has said that it is suitable for everyone.

“It is set during the war but it’s not necessarily just about the war. It’s about the spirit from the people on the frontlines and the people in the war effort back home.”