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Venue Information
Duchess Theatre

Duchess Theatre
3-5 Catherine Street

Seating Plan


(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 26th September 2012
Booking Until: Saturday, 15th December 2012
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.45pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.45pm
Show Status: production_closed
Review Summary
Average Rating: 4 out of 5 stars based on 1 review(s)


Latest Review: "A unique view of what it was to be a soldier in the mid-1980's which cuts across the time bet..."

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    Sunday, 30th Sep 2012 by Checkfocus

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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