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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:12 UK time, Tuesday, 19 August 2008

A hard hitting play comes to Mold [Sept 9-13] using official documents, media reports and personal accounts to tell the story of the families hit hardest by the deaths of four soldiers at Deepcut army barracks, including Pte Cheryl James, 18, from Llangollen.

It focuses mainly on the parents of Cheryl and their continued fight for a public inquiry into the deaths. Cheryl's father, Des, made a moving speech after watching the first show when it was performed at Edinburgh Fringe festival earlier this month, reported BBC News Scotland at the time.

You can find out more about the Deepcut deaths from the BBC News website.

And there is a review about the play performed by Sherman Cymru theatre company from the Scotsman newspaper.

Meanwhile, The Guardian's Charlotte Higgins blogs about the style of the play, verbatim theatre: It is unusual for the text of a play to contain more by way of appendices - reports from Hansard, transcripts of testimony, press cuttings - than actual lines for actors.

She goes on to say: I'm not sure that Deep Cut the play is going to force a public inquiry into those young people's tragic deaths. But it is certainly telling the story of the Jameses' struggle in a fresh, vivid and incredibly moving way.

The play, Deep Cut, comes to Mold Theatr Cymru Sept 9-13 before moving to Cardiff.


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