Hold Your Peace

Hold Your Peace

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.

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, Arts Council England and Queen’s Hall Arts.


life affirming stuff‘ Sound Ideas Media

heartwarming…Headway Arts really showcases talent and creativity ‘ Helen Richardson, BBC



Past Performances

  • The premiere performance of Hold Your Peace took place at Queen’s Hall, Hexham, on Tuesday 10th July 2018.
  • We performed Hold Your Peace on Thursday 22nd November 2018 as part of the GeNErosity Festival of Philanthropy and Giving in the North East. The festival celebrated and influenced the North East’s rich philanthropic tradition by telling the region’s story through a series of exciting events and activities. It highlighted our region’s past and allowed us to look forward to how we can come together through philanthropic acts, large and small, for the greater good of our region. To read more about the festival visit www.GeNErosityFestival.co.uk


Hold Your Peace is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Queen’s Hall Arts

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

  • Arts Council England
  • Blyth Town Council
  • Community Foundation
  • Edward Gostling Foundation – RW Mann Trust – Shears Foundation
  • Erasmus+
  • ESF
  • Great Northumberland
  • Hadrian Trust – High Sheriff of Northumberland – Rothley Trust
  • Heritage Fund
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Postcode Community Trust
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • The 1989 Willan Trust – Wellesley Trust
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust