A Soldier’s War*

10 wooden crates and 5 soldiers in uniform on the stage. It doesn’t seem like enough to transport you to the hearts and minds of those serving in the Second World War. And yet with the right lighting and sound effects they did just that.

It was compelling, sad, scary, occasionally lighthearted, tragic and uncomfortable. It was based on a series of letters written by Josh’s grandpa Jack.

Josh writes in the directors notes that he never knew that man that served. Grandpa Jack was a different man to him.

“War never changes. The true cost of war never changes. We need to keep talking about it. One conversation at a time.”

That’s what Josh wrote. He writes through the eyes of 5 men and their letters home. Young eager Leslie, optimistic Jack, the young angry Harry, the steady Frank and Walter, who’s last name gets him stripes. he writes of the friendships, the hardships and the tragic turns that war takes for those that come home and those that don’t.

Compelling.

Bernie

*Playing this weekend at the Refinery.

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