After its hugely successful premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, when it received four- and five-star reviews, The Unknown Soldier, by writer Ross Ericson is now on a national tour, stopping off at the Spread Eagle Theatre in Croydon on March 25 and 26.
Reviewers have described it as a thought-provoking, moving, and even humorous solo piece that looks at the First World War from a new perspective, through the eyes of a man who has survived the carnage but remains, like many, to help build the great cemeteries.
“It is a story of the deep friendship that can only be found between those who fight together, of the betrayal felt by them at the end of the war, and of a world that has changed so much it has become unrecognisable,” according to director Michelle Yim, of Grist to the Mill Productions.
Ericson uses his military experience and family stories to give this piece a truly authentic voice and, as he is performing it himself, it feels like a very real and very personal piece. It has been compared favourably to his play Casualties, for which he was nominated for an Off West End Award.
The one-man play runs for 70 minutes, with no interval, and tickets are available from the Spread Eagle website at £10 each, or phone 020 8781 1134. Performances both nights begin at 7.30pm.
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