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Glory Dazed - Soho Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SECOND Shot Productions is presenting Glory Dazed at Soho Theatre Upstairs – from April 23 to May 11, 2013.

Today, 10 years after the start of the Iraq war, The Lancet medical journal published collected data from 14,000 service personnel, indicating 20% of men under 30 had committed a violent offence, compared to 7% outside the military.

A response to the disproportionately high level of ex-servicemen behind bars in the UK, Glory Dazed was created with the help of former members of the armed forces now serving sentences at HMP & YOI Doncaster to highlight the personal challenges of returning to civilian life from active duty.

With many facing issues with alcoholism, aggression and multiculturalism, and deteriorating family relationships, is enough being done to address the emotional fallout of time spent in a war zone?

An award winner at the Adelaide Festival 2013 and Edinburgh Fringe 2012 (as part of Old Vic New Voice’s programme), Glory Dazed was developed by Cat Jones following discussion groups with ex-servicemen at HMP & YOI Doncaster.

Ex-serviceman Ray arrives at a pub after hours to convince his ex-wife Carla to get back together with him. But just as he is mentally battle scarred from his time in Afghanistan, she is battle scarred from their time together when he first came home. The enforced pub lock-in that follows is as wickedly funny as it is heart breaking.

Elle While directs a cast that includes Kristin Atherton (as Leanne), Samuel Edward-Cook (Ray), Adam Foster (Simon) and Chloe Massey (Carla).

Second Shot Productions is a theatre and film company based within the walls of HMP & YOI Doncaster. It employs a combination of serving prisoners, ex-offenders and others to deliver a range of services from film-making and graphic design through to drama and arts projects in custodial and non-custodial settings. All profit made is invested back into its projects.

The company is committed to providing education, training and employment to serving prisoners and ex-offenders and using the arts to facilitate positive change. Second Shot Productions currently employs fifteen serving prisoners at HMP & YOI Doncaster who work for the company full time. They are trained to deliver the company’s services whilst working towards a BTEC in Creative Media Production.

Cat Jones is the founder and Artistic Director of Second Shot Productions. She was recently awarded a Butler Trust Award by HRH Princess Royal for her work in prisons. Her first play, Rendered, was runner-up in the Theatre503/Old Vic New Voices Award and in 2011, she won the BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary for radio drama for Glory Dazed.

Elle While’s productions as Youth Theatre Director at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, include Mad World, Millboys, Blackwood, The Magic Finger and Just So Stories.

As Associate/Assistant Director her credits include The Winter’s Tale and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), The Sunshine Boys (Savoy Theatre), Hamlet (Young Vic), Cause Célèbre (Old Vic), Eden End (ETT), Onassis (Novello Theatre), Rum and Coca Cola – UK tour (Talawa and ETT), Death of a Salesman and Cinderella (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Shared Experience, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse) and Anthropology and Pitching In (Latitude Festival).

Glory Dazed is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £10 – £15 – available from the box office on 020 7478 0100 or online at

Time: 7.15pm.

Running Time: 60 minutes.