A Soldiers Song

Ken Lukowiak 

In the wake of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, it’s worth remembering
the human cost of that conflict. Few one-man shows could give you a more gut-wrenching insight than this one.  Ken Lukowiak faces his contrary wartime emotions with courage and honesty.

Redruth man Lukowiak served in the Paras in heat of the  Falklands war.   Subsequently his life was in turmoil as he tried to deal with  the emotional after-effects of combat.    Some years later he wrote a best selling book based on his experiences, and this was later made into the stage play A Soldiers Song by Guy Masterson (a regular visitor to the Tolmen Centre)  – who initially took Ken’s role in what was  a powerful and successful one man show.

Last year, Ken Lukowiak bravely agreed to take over the play himself  for a run at the Edinburgh Fringe where it attracted widespread acclaim and full houses.    Many serviceman and veterans were among the audiences, and all were deeply affected by Ken’s performance.   It now comes to The Tolmen Centre as part of a very short tour across the country.  Click here for lots more detail.

This show will be on Friday 1st March.    The second show on Saturday 2nd will not now take place

“ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL WAR PLAYS EVER MADE!”

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War and one of the hits of the 2012 Edinbrugh Festival, A Soldier’s Song is the real deal. A true story of conflict told by a guy who was there, bringing the battlefield to the stage in an extraordinary work of theatre.

This is the theatre of War in its facets, invoking the horror, terror, shame, black humour, futility and tedium of a soldier’s life on the front line and the lingering effects of Post Traumatic Stress. Deeply disturbing and frightening at times, it utilises a pounding, totally authentic multi-directional soundscape. It is also extremely funny, the dark “squaddie” humour offsetting the darkness. The brutal demotic language and reality of the battlefield is brought to vividly to life.

***** “This is the Saving Private Ryan of theatre!” (The Times)

****  “A GUT WRENCHING INSIGHT”- Daily Telegraph
In the wake of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War and with Argentina ratcheting up the pressure over the islands once again, it’s worth remembering the human cost of that conflict. Few one-man shows could give you a more gut-wrenching insight than this one.  Ken Lukowiak, who served in the Paras, has stepped into the theatrical front line, delivering this potted version of his 1993 memoir of the gruelling campaign. Required to duck down, crouch and adopt defensive positions under loud simulated shellfire at times, he cuts an awkward if affable figure on stage, but that adds to the authenticity. As he relives grisly encounters with Argentinians dead and alive, recalls some sickening army gallows humour and recoils at the screaming nightmare of incidents like the bombing of Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram, you realise he is still battling his demons. Unsung heroism? This simple, humbling show embodies the phrase.
(Dominic Cavendish – Daily Telegraph – 19/08/12)

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