The Unknown Soldier

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Date and time: 
Thu 08 Nov | Doors open 7pm | Show starts 7.45pm
Cutty Sark, Michael Edwards Studio Theatre
Cutty Sark Theatre

After the guns there is silence... a moving theatre piece in tribute to the First World War at the close of the Centenary.


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 a debt to repay, and now there is this strange request from the generals.

The Unknown Soldier is a moving, often humorous, but above all thought provoking theatre piece by the award nominated writer Ross Ericson. It looks at the First World War from a new perspective, through the eyes of a man who has survived the carnage but who finds it hard to return home. It is the story of betrayal, of the deep friendship that can only be found between those who fight and die together, and of a world that has changed for ever. 

Ericson uses his military experience to give this play an authentic voice. He brings to it his usual attention to detail and even includes some family stories, making this a very personal piece. It is as gritty and as moving as 'Casualties', for which he was nominated for an Off West End Award, and shows a writer true to his form.

★★★★★ Powered by a magnificent solo performance from Ross Ericson (ThreeWeeks)

★★★★ An original perspective on a story we think we all know, and offers a reminiscence poignant and thought-provoking (The Independent)

Written and performed by Ross Ericson

Directed by Michelle Yim

Please be warned this show contains loud noises and mild language. Suitable for ages 12+, younger audiences should attend at parents' discretion.

Find out more about Grist to the Mill Theatre Company

Performance Schedule

19.00 Doors open

19.45 Show starts

20.45 Show ends

20.55 Post-show discussion inside Michael Edwards Studio

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