Go to Your God Like A Soldier

Andrew Keatley

From the opening moments as a deep throbbing bass discord echoes around the theatre, it's clear that Go to Your God is a work of significant scope and talent.

Set in the Far East, it concerns several soldiers who seek refuge in an empty school during a firefight. Each of them has varying back-stories and their own personal demons to rally against. During the hour's traffic of the play, the story flits back and forth between their volatile and uncertain current predicament and the moments in their lives which have helped shape them and which prey upon their minds during the lull in combat.

What is most pleasing about Go to Your God is that the lives of these individual soldiers are kept understandably pedestrian. With the sole exception of James Rose as Pearson, the shellshocked and tremulous commander, their problems are very much those of the everyman, and it's this contrasting of the everyday monotony combined with the terrified potential dangers outside the smoke and dust-filled schoolroom that make the characters all the more believable.

A fine production which deserves all the accolades it has garnered.

Reviewer: Graeme Strachan

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