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The Lonely Soldier Monologues is a brave verbatim play that looks at the lives of 7 women who served in the US Armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are experiences that until now, have been often unheard and commonly suppressed from the public. This is not just a US Military problem. It is also relevant in the UK. In 2014, the coroner at Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement's inquest said the following "Bullying and the lingering effect of an alleged rape were factors in the suicide."

This is a story that many people within the armed forces do not want told.

Helen Benedict
Helen Benedict is an award-winning playwright who has testified twice to Congress on behalf of women soldiers and lectures at colleges and military academies in the USA about gender justice and the military. Along with her articles about the sexual assault of women in the military, The Lonely Soldier (book and play) inspired the award-winning documentary, The Invisible War, shown to acclaim at Sundance, 2012. Helen Benedict  is in the  UK for the production at The Cockpit in May 2015 and will be conducting Q&A sessions regarding her work. She is still fighting the fight for equality, acknowledgment and justice for women. helenbenedict.com.

PMJ Productions
PMJ Productions was founded in 2014 by Prav MJ after participating in the Stage One New Producers Course to support innovative theatre projects. This is PMJ Productions' first collaboration and is with Liminal Space - her original company founded in 2010 that produces and develops new contemporary writing from emerging writers that challenge and inspire audiences. liminalspace10.com.

Mary F. Calvert
The compelling photograph for The Lonely Soldier Monologues is by Mary F. Calvert who is committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change and is known for producing work on gender based, human rights issues. She has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award twice and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in Feature Photography. In 2013, Calvert was the recipient of the Canon Female Photojournalist Award at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France for her project The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in America's Military.

The Lonely Soldier Monologues
PMJ Productions (in association with Liminal Space)

May 6th - 31st Wednesday - Saturday, 7.30pm
Sunday matinees, 3.00pm

The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH

The Lonely Soldier Monologues