Close Quarters by Kate Bowen
Aftershow Q&A on Monday 25 November
"I’d never even heard of Estonia before we got sent there. I expect they’d no heard a whole lot about Greenock."
Set in the near future where three young women have become the first female infantry soldiers on front-line duty. Trained to shoot, fight and kill, Cormack, Findlay and Davies have thrown themselves into the world’s most dangerous workplace, while others still question their right to serve at all. Kate Bowen’s debut play tackles the physical challenges, emotional demands and societal impact of three women navigating a man’s world.
Kate Bowen was a recipient of the annual New Playwrights Award (Playwright’s Studio Scotland) in 2012, and has been a member of the Traverse 50 Programme in Edinburgh, the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme, the Starter for Ten residency at the National Theatre of Scotland, and the BBC Writers’ Room Scotland.
Zoé Ford Burnett’s work as a director and associate director include credits at the RSC, Donmar Warehouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Arcola Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – and, most recently, as associate director for The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre and West End.
Performed by arrangement with Nick Hern Books
Please be aware this production contains: haze, loud noises, flashing lights, replica firearms, themes of mortality, reference to war, strong language and scenes that some audience members might find upsetting.
The play may cause distress or trigger challenging emotions for audience members who have war-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Cast and creatives
Cast in alphabetical order
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