Black Watch - Edinburgh 2006
Written by Gregory Burke
Directed by John Tiffany
AN UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF THE LEGENDARY SCOTTISH REGIMENT.
Celebrated for its bravery and clan loyalties, the Black Watch has been in the vanguard of countless British military expeditions from Waterloo and the Somme to Kosovo. Its last great challenge before enforced amalgamation was relieving American forces at Camp Dogwood in Iraq during 2004.
Honest, funny and tragic, this is a timely and vital theatrical investigation based on interviews with former soldiers of the Black Watch who served in Iraq:
"It’s a buzz, you’re in a war ay, and you’re doing the job you’re trained for, but it’s no like they’re a massive threat tay you or tay your country. You’re no defending your country. We’re invading their country and fucking their day up."
Performed in a disused drill hall, with a cast of ten dynamic young actors, Black Watch is a highly physical piece of political theatre.