Written by Gregory Burke, Directed by John Tiffany
This play about British soldiers from the Black Watch regiment posted to the south of Iraq was a huge critical hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.
It tracks how the soldiers react to their role and to the deaths of their comrades. They begin to question the rationale behind the occupation – leading to confrontation with their superiors.
The play is based on a series of interviews with former Black Watch soldiers conducted by the writer Gregory Burke.
Now the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Black Watch is going on tour. It plays at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow (13–26 April), Loreburn Hall in Dumfries (2–5 May) and Highland Football Academy, Dingwall (11–18 May).
For more details go to the National Theatre of Scotland’s website, www.nationaltheatrescotland.com or call the venues to book tickets.
Written and directed by Jonathan Holmes
1 May–2 June, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1
The massacre of civilians by US forces during the seige of Fallujah in November 2004 remains one of the worst atrocities of the occupation of Iraq.
It is also one of the least reported – journalists were barred from the city and few media outlets carried the stories of survivors.
Now Jonathan Holmes has written a play based on testimonies of people from Fallujah, medical personnel and US soldiers that participated in the assault on the city.
It documents the barbarity of the attack, which included the use of chemical weapons.
The play opens in May at the Old Truman Brewery in east London, but tickets can be booked in advance via the play’s website.
You can read Socialist Worker’s exclusive report on the massacre at www.socialistworker.co.uk/issue.php?issue_id=205