Egypt 1941. WWII. An escaped German officer. A two day chase across the brutal Sahara. A triumphant capture. A hero's return.

Egypt 1941. WWII. An escaped German officer. A two day chase across the brutal Sahara. A triumphant capture. A hero's return.

Show description

England 1991. Jack reigns from the armchair of his rest home, a local legend and decorated veteran of Tobruk. Former river warden, boxer, horse whisperer, charmer and high prolific father. Memories are, by his own hand, tattooed on his body but dementia is eroding his mind. As the Gulf War rages in the media, the past drags him back to his own scorched sands.

Told from the armchair of Jack's care home Scorched uses new writing, physical theatre, period music, puppetry and projection to create a hazardous journey of remembrance.

Inspired by the true stories from life of writer Lisle Turner's grandfather in the 75th anniversary year of the battle of Tobruk.

"The heat and dust are brilliantly evoked. Coaché’s production creeps up on you with cunning stealth — it’s not until the end that you realise its quiet power."  The Times.

Credits & Production History

“Scorched is a powerful play that captures the horror of war and the disorientation of dementia, it is held together through a moving, masterful performance by Robin Berry as the veteran, Jack. What also sets the show apart is its staging, with inventive use of props and visual effects.”  BritishTheatre

Performed by Robin Berry
Produced by Turtle Key Arts
Directed by Claire Coaché
Written by Lisle Turner
Set Design by Andrew Purvin
Lighting & Video Design by Ben Hughes
Sound Design by Robin Berry
Animations by Emma Lazenby & Susie Owens
Costume Design by Juliet Blamey

Scorched runs at 70 minutes.

Co-commissioned by Creative Ageing and Courtyard Hereford. Funded by ACE with financial support from The Elmley Foundation.


15-16 July
HEREFORD, The Courtyard

5-29 Aug
ZOO Southside, Edinburgh Fringe 2016

23 November
HEREFORD College of Arts

24 November
WEM Town Hall


8 April
LEDBURY, The Market Theatre

19 April
WORCESTER, University of Worcester

26 April
ASHCROFT, Ashcroft Art Centre

27 April
ALDERSHOT, West End Centre

28 April
BIRMINGHAM, The Old Joint Stock Theatre

3-4 May
WARWICK, Bridge House Theatre

6 May
LONDON, Jacksons Lane

9-13 May
BRIGHTON, Rialto Theatre

16 May
BRECON, Theatr Brycheiniog

20 May
SHROPSHIRE, Ellesmere College Art Centre

23 May

26 May
HEREFORD, The Courtyard

31 May
ALNWICK, Playhouse & Arts Centre

8 June

9 June
HEXHAM, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre

15 June
DIDCOT, Cornerstone Arts Centre