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A Soldier Stays To Search The Battlefield In Moving WW1 Tale
There seems to be no end in sight to the collection of moving and thought-provoking World War One stories which have been brought out, or re-commissioned, to mark the centenary of the brutal 1914-18 conflict that claimed so many lives. And so, to add to this impressive list, we now have The Unknown Soldier, a new play written by the award-nominated Ross Ericson.
The Unknown Soldier, which will be performed at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on November 8, is described as a story of comradeship and betrayal as it follows the trail of Jack, who stayed on to search the battlefields after the guns fell silent. But who, or what, is he searching for among the barbed wire and shell holes, and can he keep the promise he made?
The play is produced by Grist to the Mill Productions, a new theatre company launched in 2012 with the aim of creating new writing and forgotten classics. Ross Ericson, who was nominated for best new play for Casualties in the OffWestend Awards, is one of the company's founders. At the same time, The Unknown Soldier is directed by Michelle Yim, who is the Director of Operations of Grist to The Mill.
The Unknown Soldier successfully premièred at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence. The show went on to sell out its run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year and is now touring throughout 2017 and 2018 during the entire centenary of the First World War.
The play can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick on Tuesday 8 November at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £13.50 and £10.50 for students and can be booked online or by calling Lichfield Garrick's Box Office on 01543 412121.