★★★★★ haunting and powerfulThe Stage
★★★★★ a moving elegyHerald Scotland
★★★★ a unique act of remembrance in its own right, full of passion and pity, and of determinationThe Scotsman
Armistice Day, 2018. A pregnant schoolteacher on a trip to the battlefields goes AWOL in a wood while on a personal mission of remembrance. An injured veteran of the Iraq war relives the nightmare of battle. A blindfolded soldier wakes up after 100 years to hear the birds singing once more.
Following the world premieres of Dawn and Day as part of 14-18 NOW in 2016 and 2017, Oliver Emanuel and Gareth Williams’ compelling trilogy ended with this moving piece of music theatre about memory, friendship and betrayal. Directed by Wils Wilson, Dusk is set on a single day: 11 November 2018, 100 years on from the end of the war. From the two-minute silence until sundown, three disparate characters, a string quartet and a choir of voices show how our world today is still being shaped by the First World War.
A National Theatre of Scotland and Perth Theatre production, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW