Fringe preview: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

This article is from 2015

Fringe preview: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

credit: Cecilia Cooper-Colby

RAF airwoman turned writer / actress Rebecca Crookshank presents a one woman play of her time in the military

Written and performed by Rebecca Crookshank, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on her experiences in the Royal Air Force. Describing the play as ‘90% fact, 10% joyous embellishment’, it follows her from basic training at RAF Halton through working as an aerospace operator and onto her deployment in the Falkland Islands. ‘Becoming an actor felt like a distant dream,' she says, 'but the process of becoming an airwoman, serving in the RAF, and all my experiences of service awakened my creativity.’

In this one woman show, Crookshank plays nine characters and voices snippets of three more. 'I was always dressing up as a kid,' she explains, 'and I loved the idea of the uniforms in the RAF, so the day we went to stores and were issued with our kit I was in heaven!'

The play highlights challenges faced by women because of their gender and celebrates those who have forged a path for others. Crookshank hopes it will encourage dialogue about woman in the military: ‘There are positive representations of men and women in the show. One of my characters is based on the first female station commander in the Royal Air Force, the late Joan Hopkins, a pioneering role model. I really want the show to share her legacy and other female servicewomen can be celebrated, acknowledged and inspire future voices.’

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, 8–30 Aug (not 17), 4.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £6.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

  • 4 stars

Based on Rebecca Crookshank’s time in the Royal Air Force Whiskey Tango Foxtrot charts her journey from basic training to the Falkland Islands and celebrates the wonderful women who forged a path for others in the military.