"Arthur Aldrich Plays"

Arthur Aldrich plays premiered at:


Beckenham.

Bognor Regis.

Bridport.

Coventry.

Leicester.

Long Eaton.

Naseby.

Redditch.

The Day After the Battle



ONE-ACT PLAY


THE DAY AFTER THE BATTLE.

Set at the time of the English Civil War, the action centres around people, who have been affected in different ways by a battle and who come into contact on the day after it.

A pregnant young girl is looking for her lover. A priest is trying to excuse to God his selective attitude towards the fighting that took place. Two injured soldiers, one from each side, are left in the Churchyard to await death or rescue. And two scavengers, who make their living from robbing corpses, roam the countryside. It is a day of chance meetings, reflection and retribution.

This play was shorlisted in the 2005/6 Welsh Drama Association Playwriting Competition and the adjudicator wrote: “This script deals with the senseless waste and bloodshed, the carnage and sickening depravity of a battlefield. The dialogue is sparse, economical and well written and the changing locations easily contrived.”

Cast: 5 m (4 with doubling) 2 f. Ages are flexible.

Simple composite set.