Pink Mist brings its battle scars to Bush Theatre

Pink Mist. Photos Mark Douet
Pink Mist. Photos Mark Douet

The mental and physical scars of war are set to be relived with the London transfer to Bush Theatre of Bristol Old Vic’s 2015 production of Pink Mist.

Five of the six original cast members are moving with the play when it opens later this month. It returns to Bristol in February for a short run.

Award-winning writer Owen Sheers’ acclaimed play Pink Mist, tells the story of three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan.

Returning to the women in their lives who must now share the physical and psychological aftershocks of their service, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle.

The drama stars Phil Dunster, Peter Edwards, Rebecca Hamilton, Zara Ramm and Alex Stedman – with Rebecca Killick joining the company.

Phil Dunster in Pink Mist at Bristol Old Vic. Photo by Mark Douet.JPG

Owen Sheers’ Pink Mist was inspired by 30 interviews with returned servicemen and first staged at Bristol Old Vic in July 2015. This moving production, directed by John Retallack and George Mann (Theatre Ad Infinitum) matches Sheers’ haunting verse with dynamic movement.

Sheers has been described as “the war poet of his generation”. He is an author, poet and playwright whose first novel, Resistance, was translated into eleven languages and adapted into a film.

His writing for theatre includes National Theatre of Wales’ site-specific production of The Passion; The Two Worlds of Charlie F, which won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, and NTW’s Mametz.

His verse drama Pink Mist was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and won the Hay Festival Poetry Medal and the Wales Book of the Year 2014. He has been Artist in Residence for the Welsh Rugby Union and is currently Professor in Creativity at Swansea University.

Pink Mist runs at Bush Theatre, from January 21-February 13 and Bristol Old Vic February 16-March 5.

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