This video from Britain says about itself:
E-trailer for Sherman Cymru’s production of Deep Cut, on at the Tricycle Theatre, London from 10 March – 4 April 2009. Written by Philip Ralph, Deep Cut uses original source material and powerful first hand testimonies of those closest to Private Cheryl James, one of the four young soldiers who died from gunshot wounds in unexplained circumstances between 1995 and 2002.
Also at the Traverse comes the much-praised Cardiff Sherman Cymru production of Deep Cut. This is verbatim theatre at its best.
The play focuses on the pain experienced here, in particular by the family of Cheryl James, one of the four young soldiers who died in mysterious circumstances at the Deepcut army barracks between 1995 and 2002.
Despite expert forensic evidence explaining that the gunshot wounds could not have been self-inflicted, the government has consistently refused a public inquiry, claiming that all four deaths were suicides.
Against impossible opposition, Des and Doreen James have fought a determined campaign to find the truth about their daughter’s death. Philip Ralph’s meticulously researched play can only increase the pressure on those who would like the memory of these criminal tragedies to fade with time. …
Amazingly, there is humour in these hardy northern women trying to come to terms with the meaninglessness of their loss. As one tellingly charges, the only weapons of mass destruction were Bush and Blair.
A conventional but most accomplished play, The Patriot Act at Gilded Balloon deals with the iron grip of the US government on civil liberties.
The most recent works of an ageing US liberal playwright, loosely based on Arthur Miller, have been critical of Bush’s phoney war on terror and he finds himself presented with the choice of either writing a play supporting government policy or being treated as a non-combatant enemy threatened with extraordinary rendition.
Playwrights Lydia Bruce and Sandy Burns have skilfully interwoven a family drama in Miller’s characteristic style. A large group of Americans in the audience when I saw the show reacted particularly enthusiastically, presumably recognising the play’s reality.
The use of torture by the US Government in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001 has come under increasing criticism: here.