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The Unknown Soldier
Back on Tour by popular demand
In tribute to the Centenary of the return of the Unknown Warrior

​Written and Performed by Ross Ericson

Directed by Michelle Yim

Jack stayed on when the guns fells silent, to search the battlefields for the boys that could not go home - for the dead and the missing, for both enemy and friend. And amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs Jack is looking for something - looking for someone. He has a promise to keep and debt to repay, and now there is this strange request from the generals.

 

A story of comradeship, betrayal and of promises both broken and kept following the carnage of World War One. A new theatre piece by the award nominated writer of Casualties.

Sneak peek! - Click here to listen to Ross Ericson's interview with BBC presenters Sunny and Shay on The Unknown Soldier

  2020 Tour Schedule

Thursday      23 Jan    Square Chapel, Halifax                   8pm

Friday            7 Feb    The Hub at St Mary, Lichfield        7:30pm

The Unknown Soldier is tour-ready and available for 2020-2021.

Contact us for dates!

For Venues to download:

The Unknown Soldier UK Tour has visited:

 

The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham, 26 & 27 Feb 2016

Stichill Village Hall, Stichill, 9 March 2016 

Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk, 10 March 2016

The Spread Eagle, Croydon, 25 & 26 Mar 2016

The Brindley, Cheshire, 22 April 2016

Sweet Dukebox Theatre, Brighton, 30 May to 5 Jun 2016

The Subscription Room, Stroud, 1 July 2016

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Fringe, 4 to 29 Aug 2016

Guildhall Theatre, DerbyLIVE, 14 Sept 2016

Carlile Community Hub, Meltham, 1 Oct 2016

Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield, 8 Nov 2016

Caddonfoot Hall, Clovenfords, 9 Nov 2016

Old Well Theatre, Moffat, 10 Nov 2016

The Swallow Theatre, Newtown Stewart, 11 Nov 2016

Bridge House Theatre, Penge, 12 & 13 Nov 2016

Theatre Royal Margate, Kent, 3 Feb 2017

Upstairs at the Western, Leicester, 26 Apr 2017

Rialto Theatre, Brighton, 5, 8, 11 & 25 May 2017

Marlowe Studio, Canterbury, 19 to 20 May 2017

Rotunda Theatre, Buxton Fringe, 5-7 & 16 July 2017

Phoenix Theatre Studio, Blyth, 3 Sept 2017

Sandpit Theatre, St Albans, 27 Sept 2017

The Queens Hall, Narberth, 16 Nov 2017

Crediton Arts Centre, Crediton, 17 Nov 2017

Bakehouse Studio, Adelaide Fringe, 19-22,26 Feb & 1 Mar 2018

Henderson Hall, Talybont on Usk,  8 April 2018

Hart Village Hall, Hartlepoole, 26 April 2018

Skipton Town Hall, Skipton, 27 April 2018

Hunmanby Community Centre, Filey, 28 April 2018

Felton Village Hall, Morpeth, 29 April 2018

Rotunda Theatre, Buxton Fringe, 8 & 15 July 2018

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe, 9,11,16,18 & 23 Aug 2018

Old Fire Station, Carlisle Fringe, 30 Aug 2018

The Tolbooth, Stirling, 31 Aug 2018

The Atkinson, Sefton, 22 Sept 2018

Church House, Welshpool, 30 Sept 2018

Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, 5 Oct 2018

The Poly, Falmouth, 6 Oct 2018

Everyman Theatre Studio, Cheltenham, 10-12 Oct 2018

Theatre Deli, The Old Library, Camberwell 20 Oct 2018

Wilfred Owen Festival, Oswestry, 5 Nov 2018

Michael Edwards Studio, Cutty Sark, 8 Nov 2018

Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford, 9 Nov 2018

Ceredigion Museum Coliseum, 10 Nov 2018

Midway Kent College, Medway, 12 Nov 2018

Harrow Arts Centre, 15 Nov 2018

St Bartholomews Church, Meltham, 16 Nov 2018

Playground Theatre, London 22-27 Jan 2019

Canolfan Ceiriog Centre, Llangollen 15 Feb 2019

The Rotunda Theatre, Brockenhurst 26-28 April 2019

Seven Sisters Community Hall, Neath 7 Nov 2019

Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon 8 Nov 2019

Letterston Memorial Hall, Letterston 9 Nov 2019

Newport Memorial Hall, Pembrokeshire 10 Nov 2019

The Unknown Soldier successfully debuted at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 as part of Spotlites' season and was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence. The show Sold Out its run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 performing at the Assembly Hall. Ross Ericson won Best Male Actor for his performance at Buxton Fringe Awards 2017.

 

Bloomsbury has published The Unknown Soldier play-text. The book launch was at Sweet Waterfront in May 2016, during the Brighton Fringe Festival.

 

The production is touring throughout 2020. Contact us for a touring pack and to have a chat if you are interested in having The Unknown Soldier at your venue.

The Unknown Soldier Playtext Launch 

at Sweet Waterfront, Brighton Fringe Festival.

Left to Right: John-David Henshaw (Sweet Venues),

Ross Ericson (Performer/Playwright) & Richard Stamp (Fringe Guru) 

Photo by Peter Williams

The Unknown Soldier 2015-2018 Reviews

 

                                       FringeGuru

'If you don’t ever want to see another WW1 play, then you want to see *this* WW1 play. Superb!'

 

                                       Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

'An unmissable and thought-provoking play that has so much relevance in today’s society'

 

                                       ThreeWeeks

'Powered by a magnificent solo performance from Ross Ericson'

 

                                       The Wee Review

'An exemplary piece of solo theatre. It can certainly hold its head up among the best of war stories'

                                       Glam Adelaide

'Well written, entertaining, informative and expertly acted

 

                               The Independent

'An original perspective on a story we think we all know, and offer a reminiscence that... is poignant and thought-provoking

 

                               The Scotsman

‘It’s not about glory or futility, it’s about the loyalty forged between friends’

 

                               TheStage

‘Strong writing, an original approach and a sensitive performance bring fresh power to a reminder of the horrors of war’

 

                               British Theatre Guide

'Filled with far more nuance and originality than most Great War plays'

 

                               Edinburgh Guide

'This is well worth a watch, whether you enjoy war plays or not.'

 

                               Young Perspective

'Strongly recommend this play to everyone... it is guaranteed to make you laugh but will also bring a tear to your eye – a great tribute to the unknown soldiers.'

                               Adelaide Theatre Guide​

'Audience... feels pulled back in time'

                               The Clothesline Mag

'Ericson’s performance as the soldier who remembers is strong, consistent, and authentic.'

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       FringeReview

‘You won't be disappointed.’

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Audience Review:

 

John Rodie (2015) - A Masterpiece of a show

 

Gordon Prince (2015) - Brilliant script and acting

 

Bob Henderson (2015) - I have seen about 15 shows and this is my favourite. Great writing…

 

Andy Stobbie (2015) - I loved the way the story unfolded about the events after the war which no-one normally thinks about. Performance and action - spellbinding to transport you there. An excellent performance

 

Jennifer Murrey (2015) - Thoughtful. Great balance of sorrow & levity. Perfect… Thank you.

 

Christine McDerment (2015) - I cannot recommend this highly enough: a stupendous performance… it is moving and powerful but finds space for some touches of dark humour. Definitely a five star performance.

 

Andy Lyall (2015) - Very powerful, well presented, well-acted and poignant

 

Udita Banerjee (2015) - Superb acting, great costume, 5 star sounds… [Ericson] owns the stage beautifully.

 

Terry Sopp (2016) - A brilliant and powerful portrayal of comradeship and life on the frontline. I was holding back the tears as the story which was brought to life so vividly took the audience through the horrors of the First World War. Brilliant!

 

Kevin Jones (2016) - A first class play that tackled the horrors of the Great War in an original way. Very poignant and sad with a lovely twist in the story.

 

Stephen Allen (2016) - Simple set but provided splendidly for a poignant performance, expertly executed and extremely thought-provoking.

2016

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