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The Unknown Soldier

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Grist to the Mill presents; The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell 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 a debt to repay, and now there is this strange request from the generals.

The Unknown Soldier is a moving, often humorous, but above all thought provoking new theatre piece by the award nominated writer Ross Ericson. It looks at the First World War from a new perspective, through the eyes of a man who has survived the carnage but who finds it hard to return home. It is a story of betrayal, of the deep friendship that can only be found between those who fight and die together, and of a world that has changed for ever.

Ericson uses his military experience to give this play an authentic voice. He brings to it his usual attention to detail and even includes some family stories, making this a very personal piece. It is as gritty and as moving as ‘Casualties’, for which he was nominated for an Off West End Award, and shows a writer true to his form.

The Unknown Soldier sold out at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and received excellent reviews from critics. It was also shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence in 2015. The show has been touring since 2015