We are delighted to announce the premiere of Gold Coast by Louise Gooding as our debut show, playing at Theatre503.
Theatre503, 503 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 3BW
Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th February 2018 19:30 (15:00 matinee)
A CHALLENGING NEW PLAY ABOUT THE HIDDEN DAMAGE OF WAR
Gold Coast is a searing new play from writer Louise Gooding (Sharp Focus, BBC) that spans three generations to explore the lasting psychological toll of the wars in the Gulf, on its soldiers and their families. OFFIE nominated director Eloise Lally (Whistleblower – The Story of Edward Snowden, Waterloo East) will bring the World Premiere of this play to London this February at Theatre503.
Last week’s release of the British Army’s new This Is Belonging advert demonstrates a shift in both public and government awareness of the need to provide emotional support to soldiers, and is a clear departure from their previous “Be the Best” slogan. With 2018 marking the centenary of Armistice Day, the need to understand the long-term effects of war on soldiers is more widely recognised now than ever before. It’s estimated that 12 in 100 First Gulf War veterans suffer from PTSD, and whilst this February marks the 17th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War, many sufferers still struggle to speak about their experiences.
Louise Gooding comments: “Thanks to tv and the internet we all know about the immediate horrors of war. In this play, I wanted to write about the hidden damage it causes. Damage that seeds itself in one generation and emerges years later in the children and grandchildren in unforeseen ways. I was struck by the fact of our repeated interventions in the Gulf region and wanted to explore how this might impact upon one family - Joe, his Dad, Roz and Lisa. This is their story.”
Gold Coast is a compassionate new play about coming to terms with your past to make a better future.
Writer: Louise Gooding
Director: Eloise Lally
Designer: Sarah Mercade
Lighting Designer: Ben Pickersgill
Sound Designer: Will Alder
Producer: Hannah Tookey
Assistant Producer: Laura Furner
Stage Manager: Beth Absalom
Graphic Designer: Ellice Stevens