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It's 1918 and Tom returns from the trenches of World War One. Almost 100 years later another British soldier returns home from Afghanistan. This touching and timely new play interweaves the stories of these two veterans and the challenges they face once the adrenaline of active service has faded.

Researched over a two year period, including first-hand accounts from serving and ex-military personnel and their families, Paper Tom parallels the historical legacy of shell shock with the contemporary condition of post-traumatic stress disorder. This production explores the psychological effects of war through a powerful mix of new writing, physical theatre and multimedia.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

"poignant and absorbing... an extraordinary and memorable piece of storytelling" 5 Stars - Fringe Guru

"This is a powerful compelling play, in which you feel yourself sucked into the story, and it is stunning." 5 Stars - The Edinburgh Reporter

"I was delighted and moved by this clever, witty and inventive piece of theatre" Buxton Festival Review

"This is a fresh new company with many talents and clearly big ideas." British Theatre Guide

Official Review by Avril Silk, read now
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