This November, London-based Theatre N16 presents an entire season of military themed plays in recognition of wars past, present and future.
It’s likely to be the last productions staged by Theatre N16 in their current home as they are set to lose their spot, at the Bedford pub, Balham, this December. An appeal for new venue has, so far, remains unanswered.
Three core plays deal with different aspects of what war means and how it changes us in the process. Running alongside them will be other short plays and one-night runs.
The first core piece in the Military Season will be Martin McNamara’s I.E.D, which confronts the treatment of women in the military, and is set during the recent conflict in Afghanistan.
Captain Agnes Bennett is an army notification officer whose job is to inform family back home when a soldier dies in the field.
A raw young Private, Iain Maginnis, joins Agnes as she sets out to visit the parents of one of his platoon mates, killed in an I.E.D attack.
Cast: Safron Beck, Jordan Fyffe, Matt Betts, Dickon Farmar and Sarah Jane Charlton
It is followed by Last Man Standing, which was devised, written and directed by GCSE students at Wales High School – a comprehensive school near Sheffield, while on a field trip to Derbyshire, and is now staged in a kinetic production by Theatre N16 deputy artistic director Courtney Larkin.
The heart is torn from a sleepy English village by the tragic events from the first day of the Somme Offensive.
The play explores the fine line which divides loyalty and duty; love and obsession. This production is part of Theatre N16’s First Credit scheme, giving a company of fresh graduates a first paid stage credit.
Cast: Lucy Annable, Sophie Bradley, Gabriel Cagan, Ben Cooper, Jack Condon, Josh Milner and Tom Murton.
The Aftershock: Military Season ends with Tree in the Sky which tackles post-traumatic stress and the threat of nuclear war.
As a pilot in the US air squadron which dropped the A-Bomb on Hiroshima, Claude Eatherly is consumed by guilt.
Accomplished and decorated for bombing missions over Tokyo, he seeks to destroy any heroic perception of himself upon returning to America.
Cast: Calum Speed.
The season also includes War Plays, written and directed by Gus Glassborow; Niv Petel’s immersive one man play, Knock, Knock; and The Australian Girl about Louise Mack, the first female war correspondent who covered WWI.
War Plays, November 4/5
I.E.D, November 6 – 11
Last Man Standing, November 12 – 18
Knock Knock, November 19
Tree in the Sky, November 21 – 25
The Australian Girl, November 26/27.