May 6 - May 31
Wednesday - Saturday (7:30pm), Sunday (3:00pm), 90 mins
The Lonely Soldier Monologues is a brave verbatim play that looks at the lives of 7 women who served in the US Armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are experiences that until now, have been often unheard and commonly suppressed from the public. This is not just a US Military problem. It is also relevant in the UK. In 2014, the coroner at Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement’s inquest said the following "Bullying and the lingering effect of an alleged rape were factors in the suicide."
This is a story that many people within the armed forces do not want told.
Helen Benedict is an award-winning playwright who has testified twice to Congress on behalf of women soldiers and lectures at colleges and military academies in the USA about gender justice and the military. Along with her articles about the sexual assault of women in the military, The Lonely Soldier (book and play) inspired the award-winning documentary, The Invisible War, shown to acclaim at Sundance, 2012. Helen Benedict is in the UK for the production at The Cockpit in May 2015 and will be conducting Q&A sessions regarding her work. She is still fighting the fight for equality, acknowledgment and justice for women..
PMJ Productions was founded in 2014 by Prav MJ after participating in the Stage One New Producers Course to support innovative theatre projects. This is PMJ Productions' first collaboration and is with Liminal Space - her original company founded in 2010 that produces and develops new contemporary writing from emerging writers that challenge and inspire audiences.
“unmissable” (Everything Theatre)
“incredibly well written, directed and performed” (London Theatre 1)