True Scottish ‘Armistice Day’ Dramas Come to D&G

In the lead-up to Armistice Day, DG Arts Live offers two powerful and outstanding dramas based on true stories from the battlefields of the Great War.

From Wee Stories Theatre comes The Man who followed his Legs (and kept on walking), a celebration of human resilience, following the tale of two young Scottish coalminers during World War I. The death, loss and mayhem of the trenches forces Johnny to follow his legs (and keep on walking) to rediscover a reason for living.

Funny, entertaining and moving, Wee Stories bring their distinctive brand of storytelling to this rich production, based on the involvement of McCrae’s Battalion, or the Hearts football Battalion in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Video images, puppetry, music and performance vividly bring alive the enormity of this first global conflict for a new generation of young people.

Suitable for ages 10 to adult, The Man who followed his Legs (and kept on walking) comes to Dalry Town Hall on Friday, 28 October, at 7pm, and to the Johnstonebridge Centre on Saturday, 29 October at 7pm.

The story of The Unknown Soldier plays out at Moffat’s Old Well Theatre on Thursday, 10 November, at 7.30pm

Written and Performed by Ross Ericson and directed by Michelle Yim, this “superb”, “unmissable” and “magnificent” drama is a story of comradeship, betrayal and of promises both broken and kept following the carnage of World War I.

This new theatre piece by the award-nominated writer of Casualties successfully debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 as part of Spotlites’ season and received excellent reviews from critics. It was also shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence.

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search the battlefields for the boys that could not go home – for the dead and the missing, for both enemy and friend. And amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs Jack is looking for something – looking for someone. He has a promise to keep and debt to repay, and now there is this strange request from the generals.

Bloomsbury has published The Unknown Soldier play-text. The book launch was at Sweet Waterfront in May 2016, during the Brighton Fringe Festival.

“If you don’t ever want to see another WW1 play, then you want to see *this* WW1 play. Superb!” ★★★★★ FringeGuru

Latest Articles