Photography by Scott Rylander
Coco, Mari and Helena are The Sweethearts, a manufactured girl band who are rarely off the front page of the tabloids. In need of some positive publicity, they travel to Afghanistan to do a special gig for the troops at Camp Bastion before the base is handed over to Afghan officials. A group of battle weary soldiers, chosen to protect these three beautiful celebrities, eagerly await their arrival. But when there's an attack on the base, The Sweethearts and the soldiers are thrown together and forced to wait it out in very close quarters...
Written by Sarah Page and directed by Daniel Burgess, The Sweethearts marked the first anniversary of the departure of British Troops from Afghanistan after a thirteen year campaign and the deaths of 453 British service personnel, The Sweethearts is a new play about the people we choose to make into our heroes and how we tear them back down...
"This is theatre as it should be: absorbing, perceptive, and, above all, entertaining" London Theatre1
"A powerful drama with a powerful message" Exeunt Magazine
"Great writing, thought through direction and brilliant casting" Everything Theatre
"This play leaves shrapnel in the heart and mind" The Arts Desk
"An insightful look into war, all whilst retaining its comedic value" A Younger Theatre
Written by Sarah Page
Directed by Daniel Burgess
Design byAlex Marker
Lighting by Paul Comerford
Sound by Edward Lewis
Cast: Jack Bannon, Joe Claflin, Jack Derges, Laura Hanna, Stevie Raine, Sophie Stevens, Doireann May White, Maria Yarjah