Emily Spowage and Joel Parry in War Stories at Re:play 2015

War Stories

Co-written with Rob Johnston as part of an international writing collaboration between the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester and the You Are Here Festival in Canberra, Australia.

Elsie’s search for answers has brought her from Australia to the other side of a world in chaos. Bernard’s answers are no further away than the hospital room he woke up in. For both, the search is almost over. They each have just one more story to tell.

First produced at 24:7 Theatre Festival. Restaged at Re:play 2015 at HOME MCR.

“Gibson’s characterisation of the Australian nurse beautifully balances direct narrative delivery to audience and storytelling skills with emotional expressiveness and impressive restraint.” The Observer

“Remarkably seamless … it has a particularly affecting passage of quiet heroism, in which Emily Spowage recalls an escape from a torpedoed transport vessel by clinging to a drowning mule.” The Guardian

“Gibson’s writing should be commended as the audience finds themselves forgetting they are listening to a monologue of past events, but immerses themselves in the memories and stories.”  The Public Reviews

“It was as quietly moving as anything else I’ve seen on World War One … The audience’s taut silence validates the work.” Manchester Confidential

 

War Stories

 

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