Prompted by the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan, Hawick poet Paul Finegan has written a powerful cycle of war poems, two of which TheSouthern published last Armistice Day.
Paul and fellow actor Anthony Mulligan have now adapted the poems for theatre performance as a fundraiser for military charities and the proceeds from Saturday night’s performance are being donated to the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Association.
In a show lasting just over an hour with a brief interval, each poem becomes a vignette, supported by powerful images and haunting music, of life at the front.
The cycle climaxes with a moving taste of a crossing from life to death, and reflections on the age-old role of soldiers and those lands that have known war since the dawn of history.
Playing to a packed house on its first night, Afghan Days, Babylon Nights held the attention of the audience at the Heart of Hawick, throughout. This is a thoroughly professional, riveting, brave venture that deserves to be heard more widely.
There are plans to take the show to the Edinburgh Fringe and to charity performances in Scotland and beyond. RT