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The Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman

By Joseph Wilde. Modern love story based on a very old folk song. In Afghanistan, a wounded British soldier puts Sofia in a dangerous dilemma.

The writer Joseph Wilde and musician Tim van Eyken's play is a modern love story based on a very old folk song in which a noble lord goes abroad, lands in prison and falls for the gaoler's daughter. In the play, Captain Bateman is badly wounded in Afghanistan. Sofia and her father give him shelter and succour in accordance with pashtunwali, the code of honour and hospitality. But when Bateman inconveniently refuses to die they face grave danger from the Taliban for harbouring him and from the British army for keeping him prisoner.

Directed by Julian May
Original music by Tim van Eyken.

45 minutes

Last on

Mon 1 Jun 2015 14:15


Role Contributor
Captain Bateman Nicholas Murchie
Sofia Zarghuna Kargar
Sofia's Father Haroon Yousofi
Holly Sarah Thom
Sgt Gilbert Ben Crowe
Pte Richards Pieter Lawman
Pte Scott Tim van Eyken
Pte Jones Will Howard
Joanne Eleanor Crooks
Derek Adam Nagaitis
Coach Driver Adam Nagaitis
Writer Joseph Wilde
Director Julian May


  • Thu 13 Dec 2012 14:15
  • Mon 1 Jun 2015 14:15
  • Mon 1 Jun 2015 14:45