Seven Soldiers. Seven Women. Seven stories. The Lonely Soldier Monologues by Helen Benedict is a brave verbatim play that looks at the lives of women who served in the US Armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. All of the stories told in this play are true accounts from real soldiers. There is no embellishment. Just the facts.
The Lonely Soldier Monologues tells the story of these women’s difficult experiences inside the armed forces. These are experiences that until now, have been often unheard and commonly suppressed from the public. But this is not just a US Military problem – it is also relevant in the UK, as seen in the tragic case of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, who sadly committed suicide in 2011 at her barracks in Bulford, Wilts. England. Emma Norton of the Human Rights Organisation LIBERTY said “Soldier or civilian, your human rights require protection“.
In light of these themes in the piece, PMJ Productions will be holding post-show talks on the themes of military justice in the US and UK and domestic and sexual violence with writer Professor Helen Benedict (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), Emma Norton from LIBERTY and Madeleine Moon MP (who has sat on the Defence Select Committee since 2008). PMJ Productions was founded in 2014 by Prav MJ after participating in the Stage One New Producers Course to support innovative theatre projects.
The Lonely Soldier Monologues
Company PMJ Productions (in association with Liminal Space)
Performance Dates May 6th – 31st 2015
Wednesday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Sunday matinees, 3.00pm
The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH
US and UK Military Justice, Professor Helen Benedict and Emma Norton from LIBERTY, May 14th
Emma Norton, solicitor from Liberty, one of UK’s oldest Human rights organization will talk about their campaign Military Justice with Professor Helen Benedict, playwright of The Lonely Soldier Monologues, who has testified twice in front of Congress on behalf of US female soldiers.
Domestic and Sexual Violence in the UK, Dr Susan Bewley and Dr Fiona Vera-Gray, May 21st
Dr Susan Bewley, author of ABC of Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Dr Fiona Vera- Gray, head of prevention work for Rape Crisis South London & the End Violence Against Women Coalition.
Military Justice and the UK Government, Madeleine Moon MP, May 27th
Madeleine Moon MP has been MP for Bridgend since 2005, has sat on the Defence Select Committee since 2008, is Chair of the All Party group for Reserves and Cadets, and is the RAF Chair of the All Party Group for the Armed Forces.
Ticket Price £14 (full price), £12 (concessions)
Box Office Theatre Box Office thecockpit.org.uk, 0207 258 2925
Wednesday 4th March 2015