Forge - A Soldier's Sketchbook

Shiona Morton presents

A Soldier's Sketchbook

Part of the Forge season in The Lab


Saturday 26 July 2014 Download Calendar

The Lab


Frank Applewhite is a working man at fourteen. On summer evenings he walks on the beach and sketches on scraps of paper. The only other dusk walker is the Scotch Man, the painter, who lets the waves wash over his boots. One evening the Scotch Man appears and hands him a book: clean paper, pages of it.

War comes. Boys no taller than Frank leave their work for the recruiting office. People start saying The Scotch Man isn’t Scotch at all. When his new found friend is led away by soldiers, Frank is horrified by the damage he has done by speaking to a German “spy”. Next day, he walks to town, lies about his age, and enlists.

This is the story of a boy who should never have gone to war but feels guilty that he returned. It is the story of a summer which changed everything. Frank tells it in his own words and pictures.

Running time: 40 mins

About Forge

This July Theatre Royal Plymouth presents the first ever Forge season: seven experimental and exciting new pieces from both established and emerging theatre makers. A hopeless radio show, explorations of Jewish heritage, technological revolutions, tales of unemployment, a crazy week of Robin Thicke and ignoring your energy supplier: Forge is a unique opportunity to experience inventive new work in an intimate new venue.

Pricing & Concessions

All seats:

Buy 4 performances for £15 (not available online, please call our Box Office on 01752 267222)

No concessions available.