A moving and darkly comic story of an Afghanistan veteran's search for redemption, and a fascinating insight into the plight of ex-servicemen in modern Britain.
Ex-squaddie Ray - mentally scarred from his time in Afghanistan - returns home to Doncaster to attempt to see his kids and reconcile with his ex-wife, Carla - mentally scarred from her marriage to Ray. A pub lock-in provides the setting for the humorous, heart-wrenching action that follows.
Glory Dazed won the BBC's Alfred Bradley Bursary Prize 2011. It was developed in collaboration with ex-soldiers serving prison sentences at HMP & YOI Doncaster by Second Shot Productions, a social enterprise that exists to give serving prisoners and ex-offenders opportunities within creative industries.
'devastating... a deeply intense hour'
'a piercing drama... captivating'
'frighteningly real and relevant... remarkable theatre'
'stunningly intense and brilliantly paced... a visceral explosion of thought-provoking content that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and doesn't let go'
'The ring of authenticity resounds from every inch of the play's structure and delivery... astonishing'
'This is a story that needs to be told and an issue that needs to be addressed. But don't go and see Glory Dazed just because it has something vital to say. Go see it because Glory Dazed is hairs-standing-on-the-back-of-your-neck, rivetingly good theatre'
Cat Jones is an award-winning writer. Her first play, Rendered, was runner-up in the Theatre503/Old Vic New Voices Award. Her play Glory Dazed won the 2011 BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary for Radio Drama, before being produced at Edinburgh Fringe (where it won the Holden Street Theatres' Award), Adelaide Fringe and Soho Theatre, London.
She is also the founder and Artistic Director of Second Shot Productions, a film and theatre production company based within HMP & YOI Doncaster that employs serving prisoners and ex-offenders.