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Humphrey McDermott - The Return of the Unknown


Humphrey McDermott is the Lighting Designer for ‘The Return of the Unknown’ at Dover Marine Station, a special event to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

"How should we remember? We can’t. They are all gone. All we can remember is what they have done, and the peace they gave us, a peace we must hold dear. All we can do is ‘sing the anthem’; tell the story.” Sir Michael Morpurgo, speaking at the launch of Return Of The Unknown. To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War The Marlowe presents ‘Return Of The Unknown’, an immersive journey into the world of remembrance, telling the stories, known and unknown, of the towns and people of our region. Travel back in time in the unique setting of Dover Marine Station: the place where the First World War ambulances returned, the wounded were tended and the healing began, to the scene of the station’s most momentous return of all – that of one warrior, unknown, who was to become the symbol for a nation’s remembrance. Drama, music, dance and digital art combine to create this spectacular theatrical experience, made and performed by leading professional artists, and a community company drawn from across Kent, including Ben Roddy. Best known as The Marlowe’s pantomime dame, Canterbury resident Ben will play several characters in the production, drawing on his vast experience across every area of acting. ‘Return Of The Unknown’ is an entertaining, moving and thought-provoking event. It’s a unique way to mark this exceptional anniversary: exploring how, why and what we remember, in the place where remembrance began.