When Pink Mist opened at the Bristol Old Vic in 2015, it was hailed by both critics and audience as a visceral, poetic and important piece of theatre.
There were immediate calls for it to be seen by a wider audience. Owen Sheers’ rermarkable play made a brief sortie to London’s Bush Theatre earlier this year (read Stage Review’s five star verdict bit.ly/20hQPN8) but now it is set for a full UK tour in 2017.
Three school-mates, three boys on the verge of adulthood, three lads with dreams bigger than the prospects that staying where they are can offer.
The army – a career, opportunity, adventure, skills and excitement. Three soldiers off to Afghanistan. Three fighters doing what they have been trained to do. Three men returning to their loved ones, wounded, scarred, dead or alive.
The physical and psychological aftershocks of war take their toll on each one of them and each of the loved ones they left behind. For Arthur, Hads and Taff, the journey home is their greatest battle.
Inspired by 30 interviews with returned servicemen, Sheers’ Pink Mist tells their story with haunting verse, dynamic staging and starkly honest performances.
Owen 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 in Port Talbot, The Passion; The Two Worlds of Charlie F, which won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, and NTW’s Mametz.
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.
The new cast includes Peter Edwards, Rebecca Hamilton, Rebecca Killick, Zara Ramm and Alex Stedman.
Bristol Old Vic, January 23–28 Aberystwth Arts Centre, January 31–February 1 Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, February 2-4 New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, February 7-10 Oxford Playhouse, February 14-18 Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, February 23-25 Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, March 7-11 Pontio, Bangor, March 14 Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, March 17-18 Theatre Royal Winchester, March 20-21 Birmingham Rep, March 23-25 West Yorkshire Playhouse, March 28-April 1