Challenging play about Iraq War premieres at Quarry

The Somnambulists promises to be a memorable production
The Somnambulists promises to be a memorable production

Award-winning film director Richard Jobson is premiering a stage adaptation of his film The Somnambulists at the Quarry Theatre, Bedford from today (Thursday) until Saturday August 22.

The Somnambulists is based on eight testimonies from British servicemen and women who were involved in the Iraq conflict in Basra. They capture the horror and tragedy of modern warfare but also how quickly these stories are forgotten.

Richard said: “Like many people I was angered by the Iraq War and like most people did nothing about it. This is my response to that apathy.

“In the play, although it appears that the speakers are the ghostly presence, it is in fact we the audience who are the Somnambulists – it is we who were sleepwalking in the build up to the war and its tragic aftermath.”

The story was heavily influenced by the work of photographer Joanna Kane whose exhibition The Somnambulists at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery left Jobson deeply impressed by its haunting vision of the “space between life and death”.

Richard added: “I have a long association with the town and feel very proud that the first time this production will be seen will be here.

“I want it to be memorable evening for those who come and something that will hopefully stay with them for a long time.”

The Somnambulists is an hour long.

Tickets are priced at £10 or £8 for concessions and can be purchased via The Quarry Theatre website www.quarrytheatre.org.uk or by calling the box office on
 01234 362335.