In August, The Quarry Theatre put on an adaptation of past parent Richard Jobson’s 2011 film The Somnambulists in a world premier. Richard directed and Old Bedfordian Ed Linard (04-09) (back row, right, of photo) performed in the play, which surrounds testimonials from British servicemen and women in Iraq. The testimonies capture the horror and tragedy of modern warfare but also how quickly these stories are forgotten.
Jobson says Like many people I was angered by the Iraq war and like most people did nothing about it. This is my response to that apathy. In the play although it appears that the speakers are the ghostly presence, it is in fact we the audience who are the Somnambulists, it is we who were sleep walking in the build up to the war and its tragic aftermath.”
The story was heavily influenced by the work of photographer Joanna Kane whose exhibition The Somnambulists at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery left Jobson deeply impressed by its haunting vision of the space between life and death. Jobson used many of the cinema techniques he has brought to movies such as New Town Killers and 16 years of Alcohol in this multi-media event.