Fifteen and a half productions today announces Delivery at Chiswick Playhouse, written by Andy Walker and inspired by the life of paratrooper Stuart Cardy who served in the Falklands War.
Lesley Manning directs Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton (Angela), Emilio Iannucci (Fruitfly/Sheep/Argentinian Soldier), Gordon Peaston (Sergeant Major/Padre/Slug) and Alex Walton (Joe). The production opens on 12 March, with previews from 10 March and runs until 4 April.
“We’ve lost more men since we got back than we did in the war”
Father to be, Joe waits for the birth of his first child. His wife Angela is his soul mate, but he’s not sure if he’s ready, responsible, or worthy enough to be a father.
As he waits, their courtship, his failure at school, his success in the army and his trauma in a modern-day war unfolds… as well as meeting a talking fruit fly, a philosophical sheep and a sexy slug.
Delivery, is a tragi-comic story of one man’s journey to the brink.
Writer Andy Walker today said: “The play started as a monologue but I soon realised I had a story that could swoop from hilarious comedy to dark drama so I explored its potential to maximum effect using multiple, often fantastical characters. Delivery is my first full-length play, and to collaborate with former paratrooper Stuart Cardy on this has been a privilege.”
Director Lesley Manning today said, “Politicians start wars – soldiers live them. As an army child I have always been aware of the thin line of mortality that men and women walk in combat, where life and death sit uncomfortably close together. The play Delivery walks this line. I can’t wait to start work with the fantastically talented company to realise this moving and surreal play .”
This is Andy Walker’s professional stage writing debut. He was originally an animation director and his credits include The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Sex Pistols’ Great Rock and Roll Swindle, Jackanory Juniors and Show Me Show Me.