Quiet Revolution

Sunday 11 November
2.30pm at The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY
6pm at Fort Royal Park, Worcester, WR5 2DJ

Quiet Revolution: gentle heroism on the home front

Two of Dancefest’s performance groups, DFA and Chance to Dance Company, come together to perform a stirring and poignant piece of dance theatre that highlights how the First World War fundamentally changed the roles of women.

The First World War brought about a quiet social revolution on the Home Front, as many women came out of domestic service to take on the traditional roles of men – in factories, on the land and in skilled trades.

Having waved their loved ones goodbye, women were fighting the Great War on their own doorstep.

Enduring loss, adversity and hardship, they discovered a new sense of purpose and dignity in comradeship, delicate-activism, unity and liberation.

These will be the final performances of this moving piece, much loved by both its dancers and audiences, since its creation in 2014.

Behind the scenes

Dancer Laura Reaper has started writing a blog about what it's like to take part in a project like Quiet Revolution. You can read it here to find out about the process of creating performances.


There'll be a performance outside The Guildhall Worcester at 2.30pm, and at Fort Royal Park's Beacon Lighting ceremony at 6pm on Sunday 11 November, followed by the lighting of the beacon at 7pm, part of the nationwide Beacons of Light on Armistice Day.

They're part of World War One Worcestershire's commemorations.

Come and be our light!

We're encouraging our audience to bring torches (including on their phones) to help us light our performance and create a poignant, dramatic atmosphere as we mark this very important day.

The evening includes poetry and an exhibition.

Please note: the performance is outdoors at the top of the park so we'd recommend you wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear.

When They Come Home...

You may also like to see When They Come Home... on Friday 9 November at The Hive, Worcester. This moving dance piece looks at how, during World War One, the support of the soldiers for each other helped them to get through horrendous and unimaginable times.

Quiet Revolution started life as a free outdoor performance created by Dancefest's adult company, DFA, Rock Creative Chance to Dance, Dancefest Creatives and choreographer Marie Oldaker for Kidderminster Arts Festival in August 2014.

It was then performed with different community dancers at Bromsgrove Festival, Artrix's 10th Anniversary and Pershore Carnival in 2016, and as part of Watch Out Worcester and at National Trust Croome in 2017. 

"I can find joy in the sound of the rain; you have to find joy where you can...." Karine Polwart

Worcestershire World War 100

Our performance of Quiet Revolution is part of Worcester Parks Beacon Lighting on Armistice Day, part of World War One Worcestershire's commemorations. Find out more on the Facebook event.

Quiet Revolution at National Trust Croome in July 2017

Extracts from the first performance of Quiet Revolution in Kidderminster as part of KAF's WW1 Centenary commemoration

Quiet Revolution in Bromsgrove on Saturday 25 April 2014, to celebrate St George's Day and Artrix’s 10th anniversary