Poems and shock. A double-bill for armistice from the western front. Old and new poems of WWI followed Jack. Shellshock and what came after. A one man show about a local soldier
Stephen Wale’s tells the true story of his uncle Jack. Just 15 year old he was determined to do his bit on the Western Front. And he managed to get there. But then something terrible happened… He lived but never recovered. By 1922, his behaviour saw him taken into the state psychiatric hospital system. He never came out. Except on weekend release, to the homes of his younger sisters, turn by turn. Wracked by nightmares, Jack lived on until 1973. Stephen re-creats a host of characters. Jack himself, his formidable mum, the lodger, the recruiting sergeant, Jack’s NCO, the woman on the bus, to draw a sad, funny, thought-provoking picture of what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder.
It was moving and powerful, without ever being self indulgent. Your performance was real with a great deal of depth. Like so many actors that I know, something happens to them when they get older.