On Saturday evening, 21 July, more than 100 patrons were transported back exactly 100 years to enjoy a Charlie Chaplin classic, A Dog’s Life, in all of its black-and-white glory. Coming from the ‘silent’ era, the music was played live on piano by NECOM CEO Mr Russ Bauer, who (in keeping with the traditions of live theatre music from a century ago) improvised much of the soundtrack in time with the on-screen action. Mr Bauer has also heavily researched authentic showtunes composed by Charlie Chaplin and incorporated these into the live 45-minute presentation. Following the success of this event, the next is already being planned. Chaplin’s tribute to the soldiers of World War I was released in October 1918, so we plan to show the comedy classic Shoulder Arms on the 100th Anniversary of its first screening – look out for dates on our website soon!