Bradstow School Announces Celebrity Guest at Poppy Proms in the Park

Samuel West, critically acclaimed English actor, theatre director and voice actor, is confirmed as one of the talents joining local groups and performers for the Saturday evening performance at Bradstow School’s Poppy Proms in the Park.

Sam has directed on stage and radio, and worked as an actor across theatre, film, television and radio. He often appears as reciter with orchestras and performed at the Last Night of the Proms in 2002. Audiences have recently seen him on the big screen in On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour, and on television in a recent episode of American drama, Trust.

Lorraine Hiller, Inclusion Development Manager commented;

“We are delighted that acclaimed actor and director Sam West is joining us to work on Poppy Proms in the Park, and sincerely thank him for giving up his time to support us.”

Poppy Proms in the Park is a whole-community-inclusive, interactive commemoration of World War 1. Events will start at the Memorial Recreation Ground 1914-1918 (commonly known as the Memorial Ground) in Broadstairs on Saturday 10th November 2018, with a living history exhibit of life during 1914-1918. This exhibit will give a glimpse into the home front and beyond giving specific detail to events in Broadstairs and St Peters. A life size warhorse sculpture created during inclusive art workshops by Bradstow and other Local schools will be on display. We will also be exhibiting work that has been completed during the last four years of the project.

Local schools, dance companies, inclusive choirs, theatre groups and local musicians, will work side by side with Sam to bring the Poppy Proms in the Park to life. Stories from the home front and beyond will be told using acting, dance, song and music. Innovative music workshops for local schools during the preceding months will provide some original pieces in amongst some old favourites.

On Sunday 11th November the Remembrance Day service will be held by the war memorial in town with all groups attending invited to join a reprise of the Poppy Proms at the Memorial Ground and visit the Living History exhibit, open until 3pm.

The whole event will be free, but tickets will be required for the collaborative evening event on the Saturday and the reprise on the Sunday.

For further details please contact:

Lorraine Hiller – Inclusion Development Manager, Bradstow School or Amy Lees – Assistant Inclusion Development Manager

[email protected]


Dave is honoured to be attending the Poppy Proms in the Park and we are so proud of the hard work the team at Bradstow School and local community have invested to this event to ensure it is a fitting tribute to our fallen heroes. It is important that we do not forget the sacrifices made and the importance of treasuring humanity so that such atrocities [as those that took place during WWI and WWII] never happen again.