19:30-20:20, Friday 18th September 2020


Music: Edwin Roxburgh

Words: Jonathan Ruffle


‘Her War’ is a ground-breaking physical theatre opera for soprano April Fredrick and trumpeter Simon Desbruslais, exploring the female experience of PTSD for those returning from active service after WWI. Based on historical sources of women serving as ambulance drivers, nurses, and soldiers, the opera hinges on an interactive recreation of the 1920 Pension Tribunals where women fought to have their war trauma recognised, raising questions of cultural complicity. Music by Edwin Roxburgh, words by BBC ‘Tommies’ creator Jonathan Ruffle.


Age range: 13 upwards

Content Warning: Psychological Trauma, Recollection of War Experiences and Violence


Produced by SoundRanger Studio


Venue: hopefully* The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH. 

*Read more here.










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On the same day:

Soprano/Director: April Fredrick

Trumpet: Simon Desbruslais

Composer: Edwin Roxburgh

Librettist: Jonathan Ruffle

Movement/Engagement Coach: Emma Clare Wynne-Jones