Gareth Farr

Britannia Waves the Rules (NHB Modern Plays)

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An arresting and angry look at conflict and its effect on soldiers returning home – to a world they no longer know how to cope with, and a society that doesn't know how to cope with them.
Carl doesn't fit in at home. He doesn't fit in anywhere. When he signs up for the Army, he sees it as a way out of his life in Blackpool. But the Army takes him to Afghanistan. And when he comes home, it's not as a war hero but as a changed man.
Britannia Waves the Rules won a Judges' Award in the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. It premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in May 2014.
'a thrilling onslaught of explosive eloquence… oozes testosterone… often insolently, defiantly funny… its language, sliding in and out of verse, blends hip-hop rhymes with lyrical poeticism' The Times
'gritty, well researched… a real tour de force' WhatsOnStage
'fast, furious and action-packed… filled with rage' Manchester Evening News
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57 printed pages
Original publication


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