- Glory Dazed, East Riding Theatre
- Saturday 26 January – Saturday 2 February 2019
Samuel Edward-Cook, local Hull resident and star of the hit BBC tv series Peaky Blinders(Danny Whizz-Bang) brings an important play to East Riding Theatre, bringing to light relevant issues surrounding the mental health of ex-servicmen & women as they re-integrate back into civilian society.
Glory Dazed, is on at the East Riding Theatre from 26 January to 2 Februaryand was originally developed by Second Shot Productions, a social enterprise that exists to give serving prisoners and ex-offenders opportunities within creative industries. It won the BBC’s Alfred Bradley Bursary Prize 2011.
Written by Cat Jones it was first performed at Soho Theatre and Sam, along with playing the lead role of Ray, an ex-squaddie, is also Producing and Co-Directing the play. Set in a backstreet pub in Doncaster, after hours, Ray, mentally scarred from his time in Afghanistan, bangs on the door. His old friend, Simon, the pub’s landlord, feels he has no alternative but to let him in but, in the pub, are Leanne, a teenage barmaid, and Carla, Ray’s ex-wife and the mother of his children. The stage is set for off-kilter drama and heart-wrenching recrimination.
Although a challenging prospect, Sam is looking forward to bringing the play to Beverley and a Yorkshire audience and supporting the important issues that the play tackles:
“The Yorkshire Regiment is possible the most active and most respected regiment in the British Army. Yorkshire’s veteran community need our help and support in order to make the transition back into civilian life after sacrificing so much to protect our country. 10% of the UK prison population is made up of ex-servicemen, this needs to change. To be performing the play back in Yorkshire where it first came to life is a real privilege. We hope that Veterans who see the play will feel reassured that they are not alone. There is support and guidance out there for them, and with the help of our partnered charity Hull 4 Heroes we can give something back to the men and women who have given everything to protect us.”
The project is in association with local Hull based charity, Hull 4 Heroes, who provide support to Veterans, aiming to ensure that their transition back into civilian life and regular employment is as seamless as possible.
Tickets are on sale now, £14 – £15 and available from www.eastridingtheatre.co.ukor by calling the Box Office 01482 874050.