WE'LL MEET AGAIN!
is the title of the 45-minute show (extendable up to 2 hours) that Christine Pilgrim presents to students and adults alike. It is also the title of one of the songs included in the show, originally sung by Vera Lynn in order to maintain the spirits of the wives, children and parents of the young men who fought and died in World War II.
Although World War I was originally called The Great War – The War to End all Wars, Canadian soldiers continue to fight in Afghanistan; US, British and Australian troops still fight in Iraq; and people die in civil wars in regions throughout Africa, Europe and Asia. Pilgrim's presentation, WE'LL MEET AGAIN! shows the human side of conflict.
It is a far cry from the video games and Star Wars concepts available to today's youth.
It features the story of German and English soldiers sharing handshakes and schnapps on Christmas Eve before resuming battle the following day; sad letters of condolence to grieving parents and reassuring ones from sons to their families amid the noise of battle; marching songs the soldiers sang to keep in time; and a comedic monologue called I’ll Punch Yer Head, which suggests how aggression can be diffused.
Interactive songs, poems and jokes are interspersed between several poignant learning outcomes, so the show licks along at a pace that keeps students (teachers and the general public) engaged throughout.
The show has been extremely well received by students from local schools at the Kamloops Museum and Archives, by adults at Walhachin's dinner theatre and Vernon's Mackie Lake House and by mixed audiences in a special two-hour evening performance at the Kamloops Museum.
Christine Pilgrim is a well-respected facilitator of improvisational workshops addressing such topics as conflict in the workplace and the playground, life skills and self-esteem.
She has worked with young people of all ages most of her professional life and is an accomplished entertainer with a pedigree that goes back to her training in Method Acting with Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop in London, England; thence to London’s West End theatre, television and films. She became a stand-up comic for seventeen years and for the past fourteen years has worked with students and teachers, giving history-based presentations in schools, museums and at most major historic sites throughout B.C.
As Pilgrim writes and directs all her own material, she can adapt her presentations to the specific needs of any group or individual.