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Story of Parks takes to the stage

Published on Friday, July 15, 2016

A PLAY inspired by the work of Edwin Lutyens and his war memorial in Victoria Park will be performed at The Y later this month.

Written and performed by students at the University of Leicester, ‘The Finest Ruin’ has been commissioned as part of the Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Story of Parks’ project.

The play’s writer Ivo de Jager, who is studying history at the University of Leicester, said: “This is a play about how memories are created and preserved in our parks and monuments.

“It's set at the city’s Arch of Remembrance where two women with very different lives meet and discover how the work of Lutyens and his majestic memorials have shaped them.”

Three performances will take place, with a first chance to the play on Thursday, July 28, at 7.30pm, and two performances on Friday, July 29, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are free to book and members of the audience will be invited to pay what they like on exit.

Bookings can be made online at

Alternatively, call the Y box office on 0116 255 7066.

The Story of Parks is a two-year, Heritage Lottery-funded project that will gather and celebrate the history of Leicester’s parks through the stories and memories of local people that use them.

To find out more about events and volunteering opportunities on offer, contact the project team on 0116 454 4935 or email