Fields Unsown

A play by Catherine Harvey and Louise Monaghan

When war broke out 100 years ago in August 1914, Gilliat Hatfeild offered Morden Hall to the War Office for use as a military hospital. Until now, the stories of the men and women who lived, worked and were nursed there remained untold. Fields Unsown, a new play by award-winning writers Catherine Harvey and Louise Monaghan, tells the story of life at Morden Hall Park during the First World War.  

Fields Unsown is the product of original research funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and its cast of characters includes real people who lived and worked on the estate. Beginning at the Stable Yard, the audience will be transported back to September 1916, where they will find themselves amidst the lives and stories of the nurses, soldiers and farm workers of the time.

See our dedicated Fields Unsown website or play our Fields Unsown audio trail, which takes in a walk around the grounds of Morden Hall Park in the company of Ella Chapple, a VAD who worked at the Auxiliary Hospital, and Ernest Welch, a soldier from Lancashire who was nursed there.

Director Louise Hill

Designer Harriet de Winton

Cast Hannah Boyde, Naomi Everson, James Fletcher, Richard Heap Ffion Jolly, Toyin Omari-Kinch, Rick Yale