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6 October

Grist to the Mill Theatre: The Unknown Soldier


Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search the battlefields for the boys that could not go home - for the dead and the missing, for both enemy and friend.  Amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs Jack is looking for something – looking for someone. He has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and now there is this strange request from the generals. 


The Unknown Soldier is moving, often humorous, but above all thought provoking. It looks at the First World War from a new perspective, through the eyes of a man who has survived the carnage but who finds it hard to return home.  A story of comradeship, betrayal and of promises both broken and kept following the carnage of World War One. Official EdFringe 2016 sell out show by award nominated writer of Casualties.




«««««FringeGuru ‘If you don’t ever want to see another WW1 play, then you want to see *this*. Superb!’

«««««Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ‘An unmissable and thought-provoking play that has so much relevance in today’s society’

«««««ThreeWeeks ‘Powered by a magnificent solo performance from Ross Ericson’

«««««The Wee Review (formerly TVBomb) ‘An exemplary piece of solo theatre. It can certainly hold its head up among the best of war stories’

«««« ½ Glam Adelaide ‘Well written, entertaining, informative and expertly acted’

««««The Independent ‘An original perspective on a story we think we all know, and offer a reminiscence that... is poignant and thought-provoking’

««««The Scotsman ‘It’s not about glory or futility, it’s about the loyalty forged between friends’

««««The Stage ‘Strong writing, an original approach and a sensitive performance bring fresh power to a reminder of the horrors of war.’

««««British Theatre Guide ‘Filled with far more nuance and originality than most Great War plays’

««««Edinburgh Guide ‘This is well worth a watch, whether you enjoy war plays or not’

««««Young Perspective ‘Strongly recommend this play to everyone… it is guaranteed to make you laugh but will also bring a tear to your eye – a great tribute to the unknown soldiers’

««««Adelaide Theatre Guide ‘Audience… feels pulled back in time’

««««The Clothesline Mag 'Ericson’s performance as the soldier who remembers is strong, consistent, and authentic.'

OUTSTANDING SHOW FringeReview ‘You won’t be disappointed’



Producer Credit:


Grist to the Mill Presents


Creative Credits:


Written and performed by: Ross Ericson

Directed by: Michelle Yim




Loud noises and mild language

Suitable for aged 12+, younger audience should attend at parents’ discretion








Twitter: @gristtheatre #unknownsoldier


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