“I dunno why I did it, I didn’t think, right, wrong, we juss lost it.”
Jamie and Ben dream of becoming heroes. Their mates just want to binge drink the night away. Complex relationships and deep-rooted fears bubble to the surface and repercussions tear through the lives of everyone in their orbit. Written in response to Much Ado About Nothing, and set in market-town England and the deserts of Iraq, Roy Williams’ searing play reveals the hypocrisies of the West and the questionable morality of the military industrial complex through the naivety of the young we send to fight our battles.
Arcola Participation’s Academy group is a dynamic, semi-professional company of young people aged 16-25, presenting vital work and providing a springboard to further education and employment. Academy accepts 18 members who work with a professional production team to create a full-scale production, which is then showcased to both invited industry guests and the general public. Graduates have been accepted into drama schools across the country and gone on to work across film, television and theatre. If you are interested in joining the company in future years, you can express your interest here.
“... a frankly terrifying and utterly compelling examination of the morality of war” – Michael Billington