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This play takes a very interesting look at the war in Iraq and how the soldiers in the front lines feel about being there. I thought it was very powerful at the end when the soldiers tell you why they go to fight and how it is so different from what we think they fight for. Very beautifully written play really makes you think. I loved it.
This is the full text of the Scottish National Theater production of “Black Watch.” The play itself captures the tensions and intensity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as best as a play can do for audiences who have not experienced those wars. It also captures the frustrations and feelings those who have been in Afghanistan and Iraq bring home with them.
Well worth seeing if the show comes your way. Simply reading the play pales by comparison, but it is a start. In reading the play, recommended reading it aloud and listening to the emotions and thoughts being expressed.
This is a magnificent script of the original BLACK WATCH production produced by the National Theater of Scotland and directed by the great John Tiffany. Follow the production on YouTube as your follow the script. This is what great theater is all about.
This play was presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in San Francisco this summer. We were so impressed, we went to see it a second time. My hearing isn't what it used to be...although I used a hearing assist device, sometimes the wonderful Scottish brogue was a little too much for me...so I wanted to read the script to see just what I might have missed. Reading it made the experience complete for an old fellow like me. What an amazing theatrical experience. More like it, PLEASE...
As an Aussie we are rightly accused of colloquisms, though this play gave me a wry smile as I struggled through the dialogue. Friends who have seen the play performed rave about it - particularly once they pick up the language nuances. Stripped bare though this is a marvellous, internationally relevant commentary on the issue of modern warfare from the foot sloggers. Well worth the read and thoroughly recommended.