Five war plays at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 15 July 2013

This article is from 2013

Top five war plays

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, Grounded and The Trench

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning
A soldier leaks secrets in an act of conscience.
Pleasance at St Thomas, 6–25 Aug.

A former fighter pilot struggles with a work/life balance of controlling drones by day, mothering by night.
Traverse Theatre, 1–25 Aug.

The Trench
Les Enfants Terrible revive their award-winning show: puppetry, physical theatre and live music evokes World War I’s muddy brutality.
Pleasance Courtyard, 31 Jul–26 Aug.

Afghan Days Babylon Nights
Voices of the modern theatre of war, adapted from Paul Finegan’s poetry.
The Royal Scots Club, 6–17 Aug.

Our Friends, The Enemy
Christmas 1914 in the trenches, retold.
Surgeons’ Hall, 2–24 Aug.

The Trench

  • 5 stars

A play inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during the First World War. Written by Oliver Lansley and with live music by Alexander Wolfe.

Afghan Days Babylon Nights

Delta Theatre. Stunning voices from the theatre of war. A compelling performance inspired by the history of human conflict. The actors bring alive universal themes: courage, loss, comradeship and humour to mesmerise and captivate with searing realism. Vivid images, haunting music, poignant and profound. 'Very fine, I was…

Our Friends, The Enemy

  • 3 stars
  • Directed by: Tom O'Brien
  • Written by: Alex Gwyther

A theatrical story combined with spoken word and poetry set during the First World War's Christmas truce.

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning

  • 4 stars

National Theatre Wales' award-winning multimedia production is the true story of a US soldier accused of spying. The play examines his background and explores how he became radicalised.


  • 4 stars
  • Directed by: Christopher Haydon
  • Written by: George Brant

The harrowing tale of an ex-fighter pilot, now mother, who finds her new, more grounded, career a strain.

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