Deep Cut

Tue 10 Mar 2009 – Sat 4 Apr 2009

By Philip Ralph

18 year old Private Cheryl James from Llangollen was one of four young soldiers who died from gunshot wounds at Deepcut Barracks between 1995 and 2002.

Cheryl’s parents wanted answers from the people responsible for their daughter’s care. But how do you begin to grieve when no-one seems to have a proper explanation?  What would give you the determination to continue asking awkward, demanding questions?

Taken from original source material and powerful first hand testimonies, Deep Cut is a bold and compelling account of one family’s journey through a time they thought they’d never experience, to places they hoped they’d never be.

Cast includes Ciaran McIntyre, Rhian Morgan, Robert Bowman, Simon Molloy, Robert Blythe and Rhian Blythe

Creatives include Mick Gordon (Director), Igor Vasiljev (Designer), Andrew Jones (Lighting Designer) and Mike Furness (Sound Designer)


“Plenty of questions remain unanswered. That’s the point. All the Jameses (Ciaran McIntyre and Rhian Morgan) want is openness and honesty, qualities they themselves radiate under Mick Gordon’s unfussy direction.” Time Out March 09 ★★★★★

“Philip Ralph’s play is in the great tradition of the Tricycle’s award winning political drama… one leaves the theatre feeling both moved and stirred to anger.” The Telegraph

This play highlights the plight of ordinary people coming up against the state. It illustrates how far we have to go to reach real democracy and accountability in this country.” Socialist Worker

‘Ciaran MacIntyre and Rhian Morgan give strong, understated performances…Deep Cut joins the Tricycle’s admirable list of verbatim dramas that use the public forum of theatre to ask the awkward questions and keep on asking them ’ Financial Times March 09

“Philip Ralph’s powerful verbatim play….the evening belongs to Ciaran McIntyre as James’s earnest, dogged father and Rhian Morgan as her quietly grieving mother” The Times March 09

“This docudrama packs a hefty punch….tightly directed…Ciaran McIntyre as Des and Rhian Morgan as the emotional Doreen bring great intensity to their difficult roles. You can almost taste the tragedy and experience the frustration… gripping…..The ever-excellent Simon Molloy is grippingly realistic..much praise, too, for Rhian Blythe’s lively performance….” Daily Express March 09

“Philip Ralph’s moving and powerful examination of the still-mysterious deaths is a perfect fit for the campaigning Tricycle Theatre’ The London Paper March 09

“Deep Cut is persuasive and moving” Metro March 09

“The success of Deep Cut lies in its ability to link top-level failings to ground-level emotions” Whatsonstage March 09

“A rigourous, intensely emotional piece of theatre’ Ham & High March 09

“Ralph’s implacable gaze …Gordon’s lucid production….Des and Doreen are brought to vivid, painful life by Ciaran MacIntyre and Rhian Morgan…the play raises disquieting questions about another political cover-up.” Evening Standard March 09

“Philip Ralph’s admirable verbatim drama…sterling performances” The Guardian March 09

“This is theatre at its most powerful, political and important….the must-see, sell-out show of the Fringe” The Observer

“The drama could hardly be more timely… it could find itself becoming part of political history…compelling” Daily Telegraph 

“Extraordinary, complex and moving…this remarkable show is essential viewing” The Guardian ****

Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2008
Scotsman Fringe First Award 2008
Herald Angel Award 2008

NB Evening performances of DEEP CUT will start at 7.45pm, and doors will open at 7.15pm.

There will be a number of post-show discussions on the 12th, 17th and 24th March.

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