‘… beautifully balances direct narrative delivery to audience and storytelling skills with emotional expressiveness and impressive restraint’ (The Observer)

‘Performance and production standards are high throughout.’ (The Guardian)

‘Exceptional … As quietly moving as anything else I’ve seen on World War One. The audience’s taut silence validates the work.’ (Manchester Confidential)

‘A haunting experience.’ (Weekend Notes)

‘Benedict Power finds some lovely moments of lightness and ease. A solid and powerful piece of theatre.’ (The Public Reviews ★★★★)

‘The beauty is that Johnston gives insight into what makes Bernard tick and, likewise, Gibson understands the way of thinking of an Aussie nurse as personified by Elsie. The actors pick this up to bring the writers’ intentions to life.’ (Remote Goat ★★★★)

‘An excellent two-hander… Definitely one to look out for, even if you think you have had your fill of WWI commemorations.’ (The Good Review ★★★★★)

War Stories

A collaborative writing project, commissioned by 24/7 Theatre Festival, Manchester and You Are Here Festival, Canberra, Australia, to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War. Co-written by Rob Johnston (UK) and Emma Gibson (Australia), the piece was performed as part of the 24/7 Festival 2014 and selected for the Re:Play festival at HOME in Jan 2015, supported by Arts Council England. The piece toured festivals in Summer 2016, and was nominated for 'Best Production' and 'Best Actor' at the Buxton Fringe Festival.

Elsie: Emily Spowage/Verity Henry, Bernard: Joel Parry

Design, Props and Costume - Meriel Pym

Sound Design and Technician - Karen Lauke

Producer and Director - Benedict Power

Production Assistant - Emma Blauciak

Executive Producers - 24:7

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