Deep Cut

Posted on: 28 August 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Delving docudrama at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008.

Over to the Traverse and to Philip Ralph’s superb new docudrama Deep Cut, based on events surrounding the infamous Deep Army Barracks.

Eighteen-year-old Private Cheryl James from Llangollen was one of four young soldiers who died from gunshot wounds at the barracks between 1995 and 2002. Cheryl’s parents wanted answers from the people responsible for their daughter’s care.

But how do you begin to grieve when no one seems to have a proper explanation? And what would give you the determination to continue asking awkward, demanding questions?

Taken from verbatim testimony and publicly available documents, the Welsh company Sherman Cymru provide a bold and compelling account of one family’s journey through a time they thought they would never experience to places they hoped they would never be. This is a forcefully acted, realistically staged political play that affects the heart as well as the mind.

By Laurence Green

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