A Play for Our Time

 

 

As the world watches yet another deadly war unfold, the story of some homegrown soldiers and their struggles to come to terms with their own conflicts is the latest, timely, offer from the Vision Theatre Company.

The company, based at Vision Arts, in Haverfordwest, has chosen a gritty comedy-drama in contrast to its triumphant production of Calendar Girls – The Musical last year.

Our Boys, written by Jonathan Lewis, starred Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) as Parry, Laurence Fox (Lewis) as Joe and Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter) as Mick, when it showed to critical acclaim in the West End.

It is the story of five soldiers, among them veterans of the Falklands War and the Hyde Park bombing, convalescing in a military hospital, with pornography, bragging one-upmanship and cynical humour as their only means of mental escape.

Tensions arise when an officer is billeted with them, and a bitter, savage war of words, only just disguised as humour, is waged against him.

After an hilarious birthday party, the six find themselves facing charges of misconduct – and then the fighting really starts.

A bucket collection will be held at the end of each performance to support the humanitarian work being carried out in Ukraine.

Vision Arts has established links with a performing arts centre in Kyiv to offer its support and this is where the donations will be sent.

Drew Baker, creative director of Vision Arts, said: “Our hearts go out to all those suffering as a result of this unjust war. All of us at Vision Arts are particularly concerned about our Ukranian counterparts and we pledge to do whatever we can to support them through this terrible time.”

If you would like to contribute you can do so here: https://patreon.com/proenglish_theatre.

Our Boys is at Vision Arts, Cartlett, Haverfordwest on 24, 25 and 26 March at 7.30pm. Check out www.visionartswales.com for tickets.

 

 

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