A world Premiere Production
by Martin Roche
During the Great War, 116 young men who had attended Blackburn Orphanage in Lancashire, went to war to fight for their King and their Country. 10 of them never returned. One of them was only recorded by his name, William North... the forgotten orphan. ‘The King’s Orphan’ tells the story of the life of an unknown - or rather, creates for him a life and an opportunity to be remembered. It is not a factual account but gives a glimpse of lives through the cracks in history; an orphan who died for King and Country and through theatre, is given a chance to take his place in history. This is one of many stories of how a generation of ordinary men did an extraordinary thing. This story illustrates how some men went to war to fight for something bigger – to fight for a family they did not know and for the families of men they could never know, with a set of values, self-respect, dignity and desire for a better life and a better world which all came from one couple; James Dixon and his wife Jane, the orphanage founders that popular history fights to forget. The Boys may have been orphans, they may have given their lives for their King. But they did so having been given a special gift from special people. Hope.