A modern love story, drawn from the voices of armed forces personnel and their families

The Man Who Left is Not The Man Who Came Home

A new play by Kevin Dyer – Presented by Farnham Maltings

Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7.30pm

Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS

A modern love story, drawn from the voices of armed forces personnel and their families.

“Britain has armed forces in many countries.

Their partners are waiting at home for them to come back.

Some listen to the news, some don’t. Some have affairs, some don’t.

Some sing in choirs and put on a brave face, some don’t.

All of them find a way to get on with it.”

Chloé has bright hopes for her future with Ashley. But those hopes are overshadowed by some imminent challenges – because Ashley is in the armed forces and is due to be deployed on operations abroad. Behind closed doors there’s tenderness and humour, but as the day of Ashley’s departure comes ever closer, his anxiety and their confrontations multiply.

Kevin Dyer’s new play is the product of over a hundred interviews with soldiers and their wives – each a one-to-one conversation where secrets, regrets and untold details have been shared for the first time.

It’s a story of resilience, of hope, of change – and what it’s like when the man you love is going to war and might not come back.

This 70-minute show, presented by a cast of three including a military wife, will be followed by a facilitated collective ‘conversation’ about the country we live in.

Age recommendation: 14+


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Farnham Maltings is a cultural organisation based in Surrey, which works with artists and communities in South East England, across the UK and internationally.

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