Written by Sophie Ellerby
Directed by Toby Clarke

We’re at war. Firebombs blaze, families flee food shortages as cyberattacks cut the electricity supply. Whole cities face blackouts for days.

Confronted by conscription, the young are drafted in to fight the invading force, their destinies decided. These soldiers are on the frontline and the violence is escalating. It feels utterly relentless. Until a group of soldiers say no.

Downing arms, faced with the prospect of prison time for desertion, they’re offered another form of service - to enrol in a military clinical trial to test a cutting-edge gene therapy to treat pain. A treatment never yet trialled on humans. They could undergo rehabilitation and be completely pain free for the rest of their lives... but what is life without pain?

Presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Running time: approx 120 mins (including interval)

Tickets: £8 standard tickets, £5 under 25s

Click here for details about companion/carer tickets

Booking Enquiries
Our online booking system doesn’t allow customers to leave isolated seats. We do this in order to prevent gaps in the auditorium.

Currently seats are on sale from Row B in the stalls, and it is possible that Row A will go on sale at a later date, so please be aware that purchasing seats in Row B does not guarantee that you will be in the front row.

Please note that our boxes have a slightly restricted view. Seats marked with an ‘i’ on the seating plan have a restricted view.

If you require any help with your booking then please contact our Box Office by emailing or calling 020 8534 0310.

Written by Sophie Ellerby
Directed by Toby Clarke
Set & Costume Design by Jida Akil

Grace Coulson-Harris
Taliyah Defreitas-Smith
Jade Franks
Morgan Hilaire
Junior Kapesi-Tuku
Pelé Kelland-Beau
Bibi MacDougall
Mariama Mansary
Karl Markey-Lee
David Olaniregun
Moussa Samba

Cover image photography by Timothy Kelly

More Information

Age Guidance: 12+ (click here for Content Advisory Notes)

Dates, Times & Tickets
  • Thu 28 Jul 7:30 PM £5.00 - £8.00
  • Fri 29 Jul 8:00 PM £5.00 - £8.00
  • Sat 30 Jul 7:30 PM £5.00 - £8.00
  • Thu 28 Jul 7:30 PM £5.00 - £8.00
  • Fri 29 Jul 8:00 PM £5.00 - £8.00
  • Sat 30 Jul 7:30 PM £5.00 - £8.00

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