HAMP : C too, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

KCS Theatre Company brings John Wilson’s Hamp to C too, arguably one of the most important plays about the pity of war ever written. Arthur Hamp, shell-shocked and witless, crawls out of a shell-hole at Passchendaele during World War I and walks away from battle. He is court-martialled for desertion in the face of the enemy, and it is decreed: he has to meet a death as unceremonious as the Army can make it. He is shot by his friends; ‘the worst bloody thing ever.’

Today posthumous pardons have been granted to all 306 British soldiers, suffering from shell-shock, who were shot for desertion. The tireless campaign by SAD (Shot At Dawn) has at last been rewarded.

Hamp addresses the subject of cowardice and shell-shock and is a poignant reminder of the horrors that thousands endured in war. A play,simply told, of extraordinary power.

Under the artistic directorship of Philip Swan, KCS Theatre Company has enjoyed extraordinary critical success in Edinburgh and the unique privilege of a commercial London West End transfer in 1996 for John Logan’s Never The Sinner. Following a sell-out run in 2004 with Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy, we return with a play that deals with military discipline when at war, an issue that is timely and pertinent

Sunday 20 Aug to Monday 28 Aug at 2.20pm (1h30)

Venue: C too, venue 4, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Ticket prices: £ 8.50 / concs £ 7.50
Venue box office: 0870 701 5105 / www.CtheFestival.com
Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000 / www.edfringe.com
Further information and photos are available from:
Philip Swan at KCS Theatre Company on 07702588856/ email t.brown@think-studios.com or
the C venues press office on 0845 260 1060 / email press@cvenues.com
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PRESS RELEASE
HAMP
by John Wilson
A Company with 8 five star reviews, each for a different production at the Edinburgh Festival, and a transfer from Ctoo to The Arts Theatre, London's West End.
WEDNESDAY 16th AUGUST 2006
90 YEARS AFTER WW1
PARDONS ARE TO BE GRANTED TO ALL 306 BRITISH SOLDIERS SHOT FOR DESERTION