The cast of a new community musical have visited the Staffordshire Regiment Museum to experience what life was life for soldiers in the trenches.
The Hired Man, which runs at the Lichfield Garrick from July 29 to August 6, is set amongst the backdrop of the First World War and the impact the conflict has on a farming community set in Cumbria.
A number of the cast perform as soldiers during the show as they are recruited to join the fight on the front line.
The team were given a full guided tour of the trenches at the museum and valuable insight about what life was really like for those who fought.
Matthew Bishop, 15, from Burntwood, said: “I perform as a solider in The Hired Ma and I’m glad I was able to visit the trenches as it has shown me what life was like for the men in the war.
“Children as young as eight were sent to the front line and it must have been an incredibly scary experience for them.”
Tickets for The Hired Man range from £10 to £15, and can be booked online or by calling the box office on 01543 412121.