Commissioned by 1418 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the work was conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with NT Director, Rufus Norris.
‘we’re here because we’re here’ saw over 1500 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. 25 organisations collaborated on the event, which we produced with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in close collaboration with partners including: Lyric Theatre Belfast, Royal Exchange Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Playhouse Derry, Salisbury Playhouse - Official, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Royal Plymouth.
The project was supported by: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Bristol Old Vic, StoryhouseLive, LeftCoast, CURVE theatre, Leicester, The Nuffield Theatre, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Pontio Bangor, Shetland Arts, BMet College, Artrix Theatre, Lichfield Garrick and Volcano Theatre Company.
Media partner: BBC
‘we’re here because we’re here’ was made possible by an Ambition for Excellence Award from Arts Council England and by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland and Art Fund. 14-18 NOW is principally funded by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.