Clanjamfrie’s 2009 production (l-r Allan Nicol, Isla Blair, Campbell Seaton, Laura Selkirk)

comedy    2M, 2F   setting: a military dugout     period: present       35min


Jim (calm, unflappable, young);

Kylie (robust, tough, young);

Yvonne (quiet, young);

Capt Steele (officer, older)     

No specific dialect


Outside, the sound of battle and incessant rain. Inside the dugout, a curiously motley squad; Kylie, foul of mouth and intimidating in manner, who makes Arnold Schwarzenegger look effeminate; Yvonne, wet and cold, who discovers too late that she hates guns and would rather be in an office processing G70 applications; Jim, bustling round oblivious making sandwiches and tea; and Capt Steele, whose leadership style is more Dad’s Army than General Rommel.  They are in trouble – the enemy is closing fast, they have lost their driver, and are bogged down and trapped by the rain. Tempers fray, and various personal revelations do nothing to ease the tension. Then disaster strikes, and an unexpected hero emerges to save the situation.

April 2008 – Runner-up  in SCDA Scott Salver award for best new one-act play

Premiered by Leitheatre, 2008

“a good, lively play with twist upon twist”   Arran Voice     


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