Award-winning writer Owen Sheers’ acclaimed play Pink Mist, about the mental and physical scars of war, will open at London’s Bush Theatre in January ahead of a run at the Bristol Old Vic.
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.
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, matches Sheers’ haunting verse with dynamic movement from associate director George Mann, using the style and techniques developed with his company Theatre Ad Infinitum.
Chloe Elwood, executive producer, Bristol Old Vic, said: “It’s a real honour to have been invited to bring Pink Mist to the Bush for 2016. It’s a regional story with a universal impact which we hope Bush audiences will take to their hearts.”
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 latest novel, I Saw a Man, was published in June 2015. Owen’s 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 runs at Bush Theatre from January 21 – February 13 and at Bristol Old Vic from February 23 – Mar 12.