A thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of men and women serving on the front line.

In 2008, choreographer Rosie Kay joined the 4th Battalion The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited the National Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. What came of these observations was the award-winning, five-star work 5 SOLDIERS.

Ten years on, Rosie Kay expands the work for the large stage with 10 Soldiers. Now a full Army squad, 10 Soldiers takes a fresh look at life in 2019’s British Army including issues of equality and diversity.

Charged with Kay’s trademark intense athletic dance theatre, 10 Soldiers explores how the human body – with both fragility and incredible inner strength – remains on the frontline of war.


10 SOLDIERS is available for touring in Spring/Summer 2021: contact james@rosiekay.co.uk

World premiere:Birmingham Hippodrome 21 May 2019
Edinburgh Festival Theatre 30 May 2019
Norwich Theatre Royal 4 June 2019

Choreography and Direction: Rosie Kay
Producer: James Preston
Set, Video & Costume Designer: Louis Price
Composer: Annie Mahtani
Lighting Designer: Mike Gunning

2019 company:
Dancers: Harriet Ellis, Luke Bradshaw, Alan Hunte, Josh Hutchby, Jonathan Mewett, Emma Houston, Kevin Memeti, Gareth Mole, Olly Bell, Akshay Sharma and James Rosental
Production Manager: Karl Westlake

10 SOLDIERS was created in association with Birmingham Hippodrome.

Research and development commissioned by The Movement, a partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry with funding from Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence.

“astutely expanded version with its larger cast….a compelling work….remarkable dancers”


The Herald

a work that takes us on such a challenging and thought-provoking journey.



accessible even for audiences unfamiliar with contemporary dance….never boring, never one-sided, and both entertaining and deeply thought-provoking.


Young Perspective