17 February – Soldiers Live To Die by Robin Marchal


Robin Marshall Soldiers Live To Die

The next reading at ScriptTank will by Robin Marchal’s new radio play, Soldiers Live To Die.

1815 – The eve of the battle of Waterloo. Long deserted wife and mother, Elizabeth, walks 30km with her two sons to meet her husband, their father, soldier, Jean-Baptiste. As Napoleon, lately escaped from Elba, nears with his massed army to fight the British and Allied forces he will face ‘traitors’, soldiers who had formerly fought with him from Portugal to Moscow and back, but, because of their geographic situation in the Netherlands and Belgium, are now absorbed into the Allied army. Jean-Baptiste is one of those. He need not fight and could be put into Reserve.

Can she persuade him not to fight? Will the sight of his two children touch his long alienated heart. Does he still love her? Does she love him? At least, showing son Hector the horrors of battle will deter him from ever wanting to become a soldier. Or will it…

The evening starts at 6:45 for 7:00 at the Blue Posts pub, Rupert Street, for this reading. The nearest tubes are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

Future readings

  • 2 March – Sunrise: a horror feature by Richard Cosgrove
  • 16 March – Easter Shorts Night
  • 30 March – Radio play by Phil Misson

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