Our Boys

3 - 21 November 2009

by Jonathan Lewis

Set in 1984, Our Boys concerns five young soldiers, among them veterans of the troubles in Northern Ireland and the Hyde Park bombing.

The veterans are killing nothing but time in the quiet ward of the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital, with television, games, pornography, bragging one-upmanship and cynical humour as their only means of mental escape. Tensions arise however when a young officer is billeted with them, and a bitter, savage war of words, only just disguised as humour, is waged against him. After an hilarious birthday party, into which several cans of beer have been smuggled, the six find themselves facing charges of misconduct – and then the fighting really starts.

Fired by the author’s anger at the Army’s neglect of its wounded heroes, the play is a perceptive and surprisingly tender work. This is the first major London revival since being staged at the Donmar Warehouse in 1995.