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The Unknown Soldier

A story of comradeship, betrayal and of promises both broken and kept following the carnage of WWI

Suitable for Age 7 +

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search the battlefields for the boys that could not go home - for the dead and the missing, for both enemy and friend. Amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs Jack is looking for something – looking for someone. He has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and now there is this strange request from the generals.

The Unknown Soldier is moving, often humorous, but above all thought provoking. It looks at the First World War from a new perspective, through the eyes of a man who has survived the carnage but who finds it hard to return home. A story of comradeship, betrayal and of promises both broken and kept following the carnage of World War One. Official EdFringe 2016 sell out show by award nominated writer of Casualties.

Grist to the Mill's sister company Red Dragonfly is also presenting The Ballad of Mulan and The Empress and Me at The Rotunda Tunbridge.


★★★★★ FringeGuru 

‘If you don’t ever want to see another WW1 play, then you want to see *this*. Superb!’

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine 

‘An unmissable and thought-provoking play that has so much relevance in today’s society’

★★★★★ ThreeWeeks 

‘Powered by a magnificent solo performance from Ross Ericson’

★★★★★ The Wee Review (formerly TVBomb) 

‘An exemplary piece of solo theatre. It can certainly hold its head up among the best of war stories’

★★★★ ½ Glam Adelaide 

‘Well written, entertaining, informative and expertly acted’

★★★★ The Independent 

‘An original perspective on a story we think we all know, and offer a reminiscence that... is poignant and thought-provoking’

★★★★ The Scotsman 

‘It’s not about glory or futility, it’s about the loyalty forged between friends’

★★★★ The Stage 

‘Strong writing, an original approach and a sensitive performance bring fresh power to a reminder of the horrors of war.’

★★★★ British Theatre Guide 

‘Filled with far more nuance and originality than most Great War plays’

★★★★ Edinburgh Guide 

‘This is well worth a watch, whether you enjoy war plays or not’

★★★★ Young Perspective 

‘Strongly recommend this play to everyone… it is guaranteed to make you laugh but will also bring a tear to your eye – a great tribute to the unknown soldiers’

★★★★ Adelaide Theatre Guide 

‘Audience… feels pulled back in time’

★★★★ The Clothesline Mag 

'Ericson’s performance as the soldier who remembers is strong, consistent, and authentic.'


‘You won’t be disappointed’



TICKETS: £12/£10


Wed 03 July @ 7:30pm

Thur 04 July @ 7:30pm




The Rotunda Theatre

Langton Green Hub, 

Hollond's Farm

Langton Green, TN3 9SS

England, U.K.


Written and Performed by Ross Ericson


Grist to the Mill Productions

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