Commissioned by The Space
On Friday 8 September 2017 from 7.45pm to 9.15pm, 5 Soldiers was broadcast LIVE from an Army base in London. The live stream was broadcast by BBC Arts Online, The British Army and Sadler’s Wells and had more than 45,000 views.
Choreography and Direction: Rosie Kay
Producer: James Preston
Composer: Annie Maharani
Visual Artist: David Cotterrell
Set & Video Designer: Louis Price
Lighting Designer: Mike Gunning
Technical Stage Manager: Jamie Crosswell
Performers: Duncan Anderson, Luke Bradshaw, Reece Causton, Harriet Ellis and Sean Marcs
5 SOLDIERS performances and tour supported by
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Performed live in Yeomanry House drill hall, central London on Friday 8 September 2017
Fresh from a sell-out Edinburgh run
5 Soldiers had just finished a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving ★★★★★ from Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine and the Edinburgh Guide as well as a Summerhall Jawbone Award for ‘Greatest Festival Moments 2017’. It previously won a string of ★★★★★ reviews from The Observer, The Herald and The Scotsman for its visceral portrayal of the lives and experiences of a female and four young male soldiers as they undergo training and are deployed in the middle of a brutal conflict.
As well as the 60-minute show, the broadcast includes the post-show talk where the audience put questions to a panel including Lt Gen James Bashall Commander Home Command, Lt Col Sue Wright former SO1 Arts, the show’s creator, choreographer Rosie Kay, Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding and Observer dance critic Luke Jennings.
Fiona Morris, Chief Executive and Creative Director of The Space, spoke about awarding the commission to Rosie Kay Dance Company:
“The Space is delighted to be working with this exciting, innovative Midlands dance company, helping them transform the reach of this powerful new work to online audiences around the UK and beyond. It is incredibly exciting that artists now have opportunities to publish work online that responds to contemporary issues and prompts debate across society.”