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Preview: Scorched at Arts Centre Washington

Open Sky presents
Arts Centre Washington
Thursday 8th June 2017

Photo: Jack Offord
Written by Lisle Turner
Directed by Claire Coaché 
Performed by Robin Berry
Set designed by Andrew Purvin
Lighting and video designed by Ben Hughes
Sound designed by Robin Berry
Costume designed by Juliet Blamey
Puppet by Sarah Townsend
Tattoo animations by Emma Lazenby
Horse animations by Suzie Evans
Produced by Turtle Key Arts
Fringe First and Total Theatre Award winners present their new one man show - a time hopping true story of war, dementia and an incredible two day chase across the Sahara desert.

Photo: Jack Offord
Following its critically acclaimed premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, Scorched, the new play from Open Sky, will visit Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 8 June, as part of a national tour.
Photo: Jack Offord
Inspired by the life of his grandfather, writer Lisle Turner presents the story of a World War II veteran whose self-tattooed body reminds him of his past as dementia erodes his present.
Photo: Jack Offord
In 1991 Jack reigns from his armchair, a North East legend and a decorated veteran of Tobruk, former river warden, boxer, horse whisperer, boat builder and charmer, but his mind drags him back to 1941 when he chased a German prisoner of war for two days across the scorching sands of the Sahara desert.
Photo: Jack Offord
75 years after the Siege of Tobruk, as soldiers continue to be sent to war in the desert, Open Sky considers the language, or lack of language, that veterans use to talk about war, the effects of dementia on memory and self-determination, and the relationship between masculinity and violence, love and loss.
Photo: Jack Offord
Writer Lisle Turner said, “My grandfather wouldn’t talk about the war and how it affected him for fifty years. Then when dementia struck in his late eighties shocking stories started to pour out. At the same time my school friends were being sent to fight in the Gulf. Those desert wars continue to this day. Society is quick to forget what war does to soldiers and their families. My grandfather’s own memories betrayed him in the end. I want him, the things he did and saw and sacrificed, to be remembered.”

Photo: Jack Offord
For one Second World War veteran the launch of Operation Desert Storm is about to unleash a whirlwind of memories. In ever changing episodes we learn more of Jack’s childhood, his former glories, family and, central to everything, the burning hell of war in the desert.
Photo: Jack Offord
This cleverly written script paints a vivid portrait of a man, while looking at wider issues of “manliness”, war and fading memory. It’s beautifully told using a mix of physical theatre, projection and sound, all bound up in a set where sand is everywhere, sweeping from the past to the present. A superb performance allows Jack to move elegantly between his hard and feisty youth and his wilderness years.

Running Time: 80 minutes (no interval)
Suitable for ages 12+

Scorched comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 8 June, 7.30pm.  Tickets are from £6 and can be bought from or by calling 0191 561 3455

North East tour dates…

Alnwick Playhouse & Arts Centre
Wed 31 May 7.30pm
01665 510 785

Arts Centre Washington
Thur 8 June 7.30pm
0191 561 3456

Queen’s Hall Arts Centre
Fri 9 June 8pm
01434 652 477

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