Okay my lot. From the US there's David Rabe's Vietnam plays. Take your pick in the UK Tricycle Theatre has just premiered Called To Account an investigation into whether or not Tony Blair could be indicted for leading the country into an ileagal war.
Then try Behold the Sons of Ulster Marching to the Somme or Stephen Poliakoff's Clever Soldiers or Brian Friel's Freedom of the City or Willis Hall's The Long and the Short and the Tall. So in that lot you've got WW1, WW2 Ireland and Iraq.
Now from my home country Australia we have a famous play about the impact of the changing generations and its view of the wars in The One Day of the Year and of course my latest epic The Girl I left behind Me.
My short war play, TRUE BLUE is gaining productions around the U.S. The next production will be by Theatre for a New Millennium, May 3-4, at Shawnee State University, in Portsmouth, Ohio.
TRUE BLUE is a fable of two soldiers guarding a neutral zone as a savage war swirls around them. In their cabin, set squarely on the border, Fred, from the earthy Green army and his friendly opposite, Blue Blood Jeffrey, have created their own little peaceful society of sorts. All will change with Jeffrey’s tour of duty ending today. Jeffrey’s relief at the prospect of going home and to his self-centered life of leisure is short-lived, when Fred turns the tables, forcing him to understand the world from a different point of view.
Here are links to a couple of reviews from previous productions:
A few more war-related plays:
*Death at Balibo (Maria Alice Casimero Blanco, Jose Monteiro, Graham Pitts). Australian play about East Timor. I don't know if copies are available.
*Translations (Brian Friel)
*Zoot Suit (Luis Valdez)
*Pentecost (David Edgar) (I think Edgar has a number of other war-related plays, but I'm not sure offhand.)
I know it's been a long time since this topic was used but Jeff Messer's play, "This War Is Live" will be produced in Charleston, SC in the Spring of 2008. It's my opinion that it should have premiered in NYC or Washington DC. This is a powerful condemnation on not only the war in Iraq but also the way politics have wormed their way into a position of controlling journalism here in the US.
Does anyone remember Brendan Behan's The Hostage? It does say an awful lot about "public" participation in war and terrorism. I would like to see it done with a set like a house of cards. Also, Brecht has much to say about war, Brecht on Brecht anyone?
Not sure how I missed this topic, but, for what it's worth at this late date, I've written two plays about reporters covering war: "Waiting on Sean Flynn" (Vietnam) and "Liberation" (Bosnia). "Flynn" is going up next spring in Detroit (details to come).
Don't think the Breaker featured as a play pre the film certainly plenty of books and I interviewed an expert on his life who'd turned up the little known fact that he'd married and to an Australian Icon Daisy May Bates famous for her very early work among Australian aborigines. They still have a, was he wasn't, he guilty poll running at our national war memorial