Richard Jobson, in association with The Quarry Theatre, presents The Somnambulists, especially adapted for the stage.
Richard Jobson’s new play THE SOMNAMBULISTS surrounds 8 testimonies from British servicemen and women who were involved in the Iraq conflict in Basra. The testimonies capture the horror and tragedy of modern warfare but also how quickly these stories are forgotten by a world that no longer seems to care.
Jobson says ‘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 sleep walking 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.
Jobson went on to say how excited he was to be part of the Quarry Theatre production in Bedford. 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.
Jobson will use many of the cinema techniques he has brought to movies such as New Town Killers and 16 years of Alcohol in what will become a multi-media event.
Purchase tickets for this very special event via The Quarry Theatre booking system.