Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun
YOU could cut the tension with a bayonet in John McGrath's powerful drama about Army life.
When teenager Lance-Bombardier Evans is put in charge of a disgruntled company guarding a derelict gun in Cold War Germany, mutiny is on the cards.
One day away from a return to Blighty, and the chance to become an officer, he is determined to make it through the night without any major dramas. But his men, and in particular the seriously unhinged Irishman Gunner O'Rourke, are in no mood to make his life easy.
McGrath's largely forgotten play, the latest in a long line of forgotten classics to be rediscovered by the Finborough, is a compelling study of the monotony and power struggles within a cramped Army quarters.
Charles Aitken is excellent as the unpredictable O'Rourke and it is the steadily building game of brinksmanship between him and Evans which drives this play.
Director Robert Hastie's moody production feels particularly timely, with the soldiers wasting away their twenties on a pointless mission against a modern backdrop of record youth unemployment.