The nurse begins to sing the words from Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" in a haunting voice:
There was a boy,
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far
Very far, over land and seas...."
|SmallWar (photo credit to Murdo Macleod for the Guardian)|
"Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying..."
Periodically, the phone would ring and a projected image of Dhaenens would rise from the bed and answer it. (Each image seemed to represent a different soldier.) We learn about these soldiers' lives and the sacrifices they made by leaving home to go to war. There are children born who they'll never see and parents lost. There's a Dear John letter (accompanied by "Are You Lonesome Tonight?") By the end of the show, the stage is filled with four standing soldiers, the bed-ridden patient and the nurse.
It was a hard play to watch, yet it was also beautiful and creative and incredibly moving. It was a theatrical experience I will never forget, and the perfect ending to our EdFringe experience. My rating: 5 stars (unforgettable, creative, I loved it)