|Booking From:||Wednesday, 26th September 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 15th December 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.45pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm|
A unique view of what it was to be a soldier in the mid-1980's which cuts across the time between then and now when considering the frustrations, boredom and camaraderie of young men incapacitated by wounds and routine illness. The thoroughly convincing set of a ward in Woolwich British Military Hospital offers the background against which the prejudice and preference of six young soldiers is played out. A timely reminder of the sacrifice made in a time of no war and relatively low casualty levels, which should alarm the viewer when the sheer volume of casualties of conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are considered.
Black humour abound, punctuated by the expletive infused language of the barrack room, a soldier's recovery from a gunshot to the head is judged by amount of abuse he can hurl at his apparently less well off colleagues. Class boundaries are crossed as a young officer is cyclically accepted and then rejected from the group according to his ability to join and, ultimately, fit in.
This play is authentic, funny, distressing and thoughtful. It gets a 4 from me because spectacular isn't in there - but then this show was never meant to be.
6 blokes in a hospital ward - what can be entertaining about that? Go and see - you will be better for it; and you will never watch "Deerhunter" in the same way again!
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