First Light (Modern Plays) by Mark Hayhurst

By Mark Hayhurst

Now. this night. sooner than we are despatched again to front. Take each piece of cash you were given. Ditch every little thing else.

July 1916. Albert Ingham and Alfred Longshaw are crouched in a muddy, rat-infested trench in France. those sharp and humorous younger infantrymen from a battalion of the Manchester buddies are approximately to participate in a single of the main savage attacks within the historical past of human war, The conflict of the Somme.

Their survival is a miracle. Their corporation has misplaced six hundred males. crushed by means of the sheer horror of the event, neither of them dare stare extinction within the face back. So, after they are ordered to move to the computing device Gun Corps and go back to the blood-soaked entrance line, they make a decision, for the 1st time of their younger lives, to take their fragile future of their personal trembling hands.

But changing into a deserter, that the majority embarrassing and shameful kind of struggling with guy, takes extra braveness than they ever knew they had.

Mark Hayhurst's play is a gripping mystery that exposes the influence of the 1st global struggle on squaddies and their households. It follows his acclaimed debut at Chichester pageant Theatre with Taken at Midnight in 2014, which transferred to the West finish the subsequent 12 months. First mild received its international optimum at Chichester's Minerva Theatre on 10 June 2016.

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