Hold Your Peace performance


Join us at Headway ArtSpace for some tea, cake and good theatre on Friday 19th July 2019 at 19.00 for the final performance of Hold Your Peace as part of the July tour.

Hold Your Peace is a drama production devised and performed by learning disabled adults. Set in the summer of 1919 during preparations for a ‘Peace Tea’ garden party, Hold Your Peace tells a thought-provoking tale of the impact of the Great War (1914-1918) on the lives and loves of the residents of The Orchards, and the untold stories of the lives of learning disabled people during the Great War. The horrendous loss of life was unprecedented and brought devastating changes to those at home and this, of course, included learning disabled people.

Creative Director Allie Walton-Robson said: “We are looking back 100 years to discover the history of learning disabled people during this era which is not well documented. Some of the material is challenging – life was very different then. Our cast of 5 includes 4 learning disabled actors. We aim to question attitudes to learning disabled people and to highlight their abilities through the telling of this, their history. It’s a serious subject we treat with dignity to both move and entertain our audience.”

Tickets for this event cost £5 including a real life ‘peace tea’ after the performance. Tickets can be purchased on the door or through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hold-your-peace-tickets-60518682007

*Please note Eventbrite will add a booking fee*


“Lovely, heartwarming and I laughed a lot too!” Michelle O’Brien – Mad Alice Theatre Co

“A beautiful piece.” Ally – Prism Arts, Cumbria

“Inspiring. A lovely piece of theatre for all the family.” Colin Garrow – Writer, Aberdeen

“Deliciously poignant and with gentle humor. Loved the show.” Kevin Jennings

“Heartwarming.” Helen Richardson – BBC



This year Hold Your Peace will be touring Nationally In July and November to commentate the 100-year Anniversary of Peace Day and to coincide with Armistice Day.

Performed by Headway Arts Theatre Co. Directed and designed by Allie Walton-Robson. Script Consultant: Dave Napthine.

Headway Arts is a multi-award winning arts company based in Blyth, Northumberland. Since 1995 Headway Arts has made authentic, inspiring and meaningful work through their high quality inclusive working methods. This latest piece of entertaining original theatre puts learning disabled actors centre stage and is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our funders which currently includes:

  • Arts Council
  • Community Foundation
  • Erasmus+
  • ESF FLag
  • Esmee Fairbairn
  • Northumberland County Council
  • z Community Foundation Funds