A big bang from Sarajevo and Sweden

IT was “the gunshot heard around the world” – how did that one fatal shot in faraway Sarajevo start the First World War? And why is it the subject of a circus, music and story-telling performance by a trio from Sweden, beginning a regional tour on Friday 12th October?

Sarajevo Big Bang, a colourful and eccentric retelling of one of the most important stories in modern history, starts its tour with Rural Arts Wiltshire at Newton Tony village hall on Friday 12th October at 8pm and Artsreach at Shillingstone’s Portman Hall on Sunday 14th, followed by The Theatre Shop at Clevedon in North Somerset on Thursday 18th at 7.30pm, and two dates with Take Art in Somerset, at Roadwater village hall on Friday 19th October at 7.30pm and at Appley Pavilion on Saturday 20th at 8pm.

On 28th June 1914 in Sarajevo, Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist, assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. The murder triggered a chain of events that led to the outbreak of the First World War.

The Swedish trio, The Big Bang Band, brings the show to the south west as part of the centenary anniversary of the end of the Great War One, offering an insight ino the events leading up to the fatal gunshot, and exploring how that moment changed the course of history – and still affects life today.

Through stories, songs and cabaret, meet characters who really only want to live, laugh and love and follow them on a surprising journey through power struggles and secret conspiracies.

Maria, a professional storyteller and artist, follows the nervous young men of the action group, their pockets loaded with guns, bullets and poison. Staffan is a writer who brings to life the tensions and the historical background of the shot and its Big Bang aftermath. Eva, a singer and actress, uses stories and songs of the time to build an atmosphere that brings you close to these people and their fate.