Sunny G - World War 1 project
The Sunny G volunteers (ages from 18 years to 75 years) took on various roles such as researching, script writing and radio skills.
The younger volunteers learned about their heritage from the older as they brought them a sense of austerity and hardship but also a greater sense of the community spirit that existed then. For the young people involved it opened their eyes to a totally different world not least in learning many new words that older people used for example the "lecky man" and the "leary man" and simple facts such as no one had clocks to get up for work in the morning - they relied instead on the "knocker up man" to do this for them.
All the volunteers learned of the psychological growing distrust of political leaders and government officials, and the question in everyone’s mind of why there was a war in the first place. In particular, our series of plays brought home to the younger volunteers the tragedy that young men of a similar age to them either died or where terribly wounded. Among many other things the project highlighted how women came to work in industries in which they had never been considered as able to do such as shipyard working and engineering.