Army life comes to town

Britannia Waves the Rules
Britannia Waves the Rules

An award-winning play about one man’s experience of army life in Afghanistan will hit St Helens.

The Royal Exchange Theatre presents Britannia Waves the Rules at St Helens Central Library on Thursday October 29.

I joined the army because I couldn’t get a job on civvy street, couldn’t get one, didn’t want one. I didn’t want to get stuck in a down, brown, empty old town

Carl

Carl, the central character, doesn’t fit in at home. He doesn’t fit in anywhere. When he signs up for the army, he sees it as a chance to escape the grim reality of life in his hometown.

But the army takes him to Afghanistan and when he comes home, it’s not as a war hero but as a changed man.

Carl: “I joined the army because I couldn’t get a job on civvy street, couldn’t get one, didn’t want one. I didn’t want to get stuck in a down, brown, empty old town, I didn’t want to be working for the weekend and wasting the week. I wanted more.”

Britannia Waves the Rules is writer Gareth Farr’s first full length play.

Britannia Waves the Rules, is presented as part of St Helens Council’s Arts Council Funded Cultural Hubs programme.

It is suitable for adults and teenagers aged 16 and over due to some strong language and violence

Tickets are priced at £6, £5 (for St Helens Library card holders) or £2.50 (concessions).

Book online at www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk or call into any library in St Helens to purchase tickets.