19 September - 27 October 2012

Bully Boy

19th of September 2012 – 27th of October 2012

What Makes a Hero?

Major Oscar Hadley is investigating allegations of gross misconduct within a self-styled ‘Bully Boy’ unit of the British army. When young squaddie, Eddie Clark, from Burnley is interrogated, Oscar begins to discover that ‘truth’ in a modern insurgency can be a point of view rather than a fact. Bully Boy tackles the challenging moral issues of contemporary military occupation and its effect on the mental health of serving soldiers. In this ferociously gripping story, Sandi Toksvig, nationally known and loved as a comedian, author and broadcaster, writes with startling insight and tenderness about the minds of soldiers.

Bully Boy stars ANTHONY ANDREWS, who received worldwide recognition for his portrayal of the doomed Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited for which he won the British Academy Award (BAFTA) in the UK, the Golden Globe award in the USA and an Emmy nomination for Best Actor. Anthony has most recently played Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in the 2010 film The King’s Speech.

‘Anthony Andrews and Joshua Miles are remarkable’ – The Daily Telegraph
‘Outstanding performances…utterly compelling’ – Sunday Times
‘Sandi Toksvig’s script is both witty and heartfelt’ – Sunday Telegraph

The St. James Theatre, in collaboration with Combat Stress, will mark World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October with a Q&A session which will take place after the 7.30pm performance of Bully Boy. The panel will comprise Sandi Toksvig, Bully Boy’s writer; Anthony Andrews, who plays Major Oscar Hadley in the production; and Commodore Andrew Cameron, the Chief Executive of  Veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress. The Q&A session is open to all audience members who have attended that evening’s performance of Bully Boy.

 

*****‘Loved it!’ The Daily Mail

*****‘Let us hope that we see more of Bully Boy and the incomparably Sandi Toksvig's evident skill in serious drama’ What's On Stage

****‘Fantastic Show!’ The Sunday Times

***‘Anthony Andrews and Joshua Miles are remarkable.’ The Daily Telegraph

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