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Black Watch: telling the truth about soldiers’ experiences in Iraq

Issue No. 2016

Black Watch was the play that took the Edinburgh festival by storm.

This is the story of the experiences of the soldiers who have served in the Black Watch regiment in Iraq.

Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Iraq, told Socialist Worker what she thought of the play.

Rose said, “This is the best thing that I have seen in a long time. It’s a true story. This is the story that we don’t get to hear, because soldiers are told to be quiet - not to speak out.

“It showed the reality of the situation facing our boys. That they are questioning why they are there, why they were sent to Iraq in the first place.

“It’s a brave play that challenges what we are told.

“It faces up to the challenges confronting the soldiers - the mental effects that faces the soldiers serving in Iraq.

“This is a top play. Every MP should see it.”

The run by the Scottish National Theatre has come to an end, but there are plans for a tour and for a production to visit London in the new year.

Black Watch
Written by Gregory Burke
Directed by John Tiffany

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Sat 2 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2016
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